re: "Am I the only one who takes issue with this person equalling hiring freelancers to buying shoes or buying people?"
I don't think that is exactly how he would put it. He may think that such a characterization of his position is twisting his words.
For what it is worth, although you may not agree with the original poster's positions on the topics discussed in this thread... his viewpoints deserve a place here in the Forum. His posts represent a clear viewpoint. I do not doubt his sincerity. I think everybody who reads this thread can learn from it, even if they don't agree with everything said here.
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