What's to say that Netflix wont choose an encryption scheme that has a Microsoft Windows only CDM?
The W3C is giving Netflix the opportunity to choose a cross-platform CDM where before they could only support platforms that Microsoft had "blessed" with Silverlight. Why would they did pick a Windows-only scheme if there's no advantage to that over Silverlight? Worst case, things stay the same. Big whoop.
Neither can be used on a free platform, so what's the difference? How are platform specific encryption modules any better than platform specific native apps?
The point is that it's not any worse. Platform-specific decryption modules may not be any better than native apps if you want everything you use to be open-source, but they have the practical advantage that if you don't need Flash or Silverlight to decrypt it anymore, you can just use a web browser. The interface is consistent and cheaper to build than having to make a native app for every platform instead of just recompiling the decryption module.
...but without any patents, why would people invest money in inventing something that can be easily copied? Evilness aside, drug companies are really the best example for why patents must exist. It takes millions of dollars in research to discover and test a new drug, but the manufacturing cost is usually quite tiny. If a generic drug could come out immediately once you've proved the compound is useful and safe, what financial incentive do you have to spend money on that research in the first place? The original purpose of patents was also to promote public disclosure. Without patent protection, early computers would likely not have been sold but their computations would have been leased out so nobody could disassemble and recreate them. With patent protection, those computers could be sold off without losing the monopoly, and the invention is publicly described for other people to improve upon.
Clearly there needs to be room for the "weekend builders" and if they need to use something still patented (or are improving upon the design), that's when FRAND is supposed to come in. The real problem is that patents have become too broad and non-specific, and often patents are granted for inventions that were already patented by someone else. In these cases it definitely has become legal business more than anything else, but just because there are several hundred patents on the Internet and another several hundred for every single little online thing that was actually invented in the 80's (as well as "doing X, but on the internet") doesn't mean the whole system is invalid.
It's certainly true that the Libertarian ideology is in some part socially liberal, because it advocates that the government should get out of social issues. A pure Libertarian would say that government has no business outlawing gay sex or liquor sales on Sundays (abortion is slightly different because if you believe it's equivalent to murder, Libertarians usually still support outlawing murder). A pure Libertarian would also want to abolish welfare as well as every government service that works to reduce the impact of poverty. For that matter, a pure Libertarian would also want to shrink the military to 19th century levels and get the hell out of world politics. I think Ron Paul is the closest to pure Libertarian that I've ever seen, and he's actually too libertarian for most tea partiers.
As I understand it, the Tea Party is more of an ultraconservative response (by the anti-elite everyman Republicans, as opposed to the evil businessman Republicans) to the frankly corrupt and exploitative ideology of "neo-conservatism". Bush pays for a huge unnecessary war (Iraq) with catastrophic debt and expands the role of government in our daily lives (TSA et al) and as soon as the "mainstream media" ends its love affair with Karl Rove those Republicans are left scratching their heads thinking, "This is not what I thought I voted for..."
"Inquiry is fatal to certainty." -- Will Durant