In China, people eat with chopsticks. Chinese industrial production is the highest in the world. So good, in fact, that the USA has moved most of its manufacturing industries to China.
Therefore, one must conclude: eating with chopsticks makes workers more productive. Obviously, that's the cause of their success - I mean, what else could it be? The Chinese don't have software patents.
Now if China would just patent chopsticks, they'd take over the entire world. Let's just hope the Chinese don't catch on.
You've got it right, Applesauce. America is fast turning into a police state, with more people imprisoned (both as a percentage and actual numbers) than any other country. Privatized for-profit prisons makes it important to keep the prisons full. Best way to do that is to make everything illegal, and enforce selectively (put mostly poorer folks in jail, the rich are above the law). Having laws so vague that nobody can comply helps to keep the prison-industrial complex in business.