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Originally posted by apacheman
So please, the next time someone tells you he or she wants to run it like a business, make them define exactly what they mean by that.
No republic has long outlived the discovery by a majority of its people that they could vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Many more line items to counter here but overall, running a government like a business makes more sense than what we are experiencing now.
“Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.”
The exceptions prove the rule.
For instance, it is justifiably more efficient to use the least number of employees possible while paying the lowest wages and pay the lowest price for raw materials possible to extract the maximum profits possible for the investors. However, that efficiency paradigm bumps into the larger societal efficency paradigm that says keep the maximum number of citizens working and self-supporting so they don't have to resort to a choice of crime or welfare.
Business people by their nature view the government as their enemy due to the regulation that prevents them from attaining theoretical maximums. They view their fellow citizens with suspicion because their major experience of them is as people they exploit in one way or another, not as equals with equal rights. Just try getting your boss or the business owner to invite you to dinner as an equal, but brush up your resume first.
No, their worldview doesn't properly equip them to think in the manner that good government demands.
When faced with competing efficiencies they have consistently chosen the smaller efficiency that favored themselves rather than the nation.
I just don’t see the justification for these claims; can you demonstrate that “businessmen have ... no inclination to better themselves intellectually”?
I’m not sure what you mean here, are you suggesting that a government run as a business will promote business practices in the private sector that see businesses hire the fewest people and pay the lowest prices?
If the latter then you are not considering goals; a business will hire the fewest people and pay the lowest possible prices because their goal is producing a product at the lowest cost.
To be honest I just see that as unsupported prejudice. How can you prove that businessmen view fellow citizens with suspicion?
Your facts are conjecture and are easily turned around, for example number 2 could equally be stated “employees see businesses as cash cows from whom they extract the maximum pay for the smallest amount of work they can get away with.”