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Originally posted by Mike_A
I dispute that all of those are facts; particularly the notion that businessmen have no inclination to broaden themselves intellectually, that they consider their workers as social inferiors and that they focus on short term problems.
Originally posted by Grumble
Exactly right. Running a business is all about EFFICIENCY. Running a government is about EQUITY.
What I mean is that businesspeople will tend to view government simply as another form of business which should be run to maximize profits for the major shareholders, i.e., themselves, rather than the citizens.
That is they will try to create a "favorable business environment", which translates into lower taxes and less responsibility for themselves. When you dissect the corporate rhetoric, things like enforcing safety laws creates an "unfavorable" business environment, as do laws preventing them from marketing untested or unsafe products.
Actually, I am considering broader goals. …
By the laws they pass against us, and those they pass to protect themselves and information about themselves from us. Haven't you listened to any of the businessmen politicians? They mostly present a view of their fellow citizens as lazy druggies, thieving moochers who don't want to work.
Except that it wouldn't be true
You are apparently thinking of running government like a theoretical best-case business model, while I am referring to the twisted corporate model that actually exists.
Probably what is most germane to our discussion lies at the socio/psychopathic end. Here we are mostly talking about highly successful socio/psychopaths. They are smart, charming, wealthy, powerful, and utterly unscrupulous. They function as I've outlined in the OP...
Some government agencies can and should be run under a proper business model, but not all.
Are you trying to say that most American businesses are run on the theoretical model?
For a lot of industries, mining, drilling, finance spring to mind, there is no effective regulation at all.
And if you can't see that most companies in those industries are run by sociopaths, you might want to rethink a bit.
Successful sociopaths are folks like Rupert Murdoch and Dick Cheney
Very few, if any, state and federal level politicians are representative of "mom&pop" businesses...most are from the corporate world