@davewill: excellent question and observation,..
I believe it's at the hart of how you want to run a society and solve it's problems.
When one posts things like this Apple v.s. Samsung, it's bound to end up into a discussion about the system.
While I let myself get suckered into these discussions too often, I agree with you there. It helps me to really look deep into myself and look for solutions to these complex problems.
Solution for me would be, just to limit the amount of replies.