I’m sure it’s all very complicated, but looking at it from the outside, the whole history of DNS seems incredibly politically naive. Domain names are obviously land and ICANN manufactured a whole new rentier sector that needs to do very little work for fairly huge returns (which is bad).
I think one missing piece of information I read somewhere is that some of the people who proposed selling off .org as part of the ISOC would have massively benefited from it as members of the organization receiving the new contract.
Does someone remember what the details were on that?
I believe you may be referring to https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/11/20/org_registry_sale_shambles/