Originally posted by FyreByrd
Okay - I'll agree with the power and corruption and the need for checks and balances. That was precisely why out government was set up with three
equal and separate branches of government. But I would ask where is the source of the corruption you are speaking of? I would assert that it is Big
Business not Government it'self.
The only role of government, and as you neglected to say what level of government, I will assume you are speaking of the Federal Government, is to
protect us from Exterior Threats. All other services and functions should be handle by Big Business. Presumably because private enterprise is more
effecient. There are many cases of government being more efficient then private business as in Medicare and USPS. These services would be
prohibitively expensive to a large sector of the population.
Personally, I don't see business willing or able to provide services or protect the commons that would be non-discriminatory and cover all citizens.
- But I'm willing to listen to schemes that say otherwise.
But what of the incompetance of Business?
And what happens to the poor, sick and elderly - Will business provide for them? Will business provide any social security net? No - they don't even
adhere to current contracts with existing employees and retirees.
The almightly contract is binding on the little guy but not the Corporate person. What you suggest, appears a nightmare where Corporations are the
only 'people' that have rights and real existence. People are just a 'consumable' resource - to be used to failure and discarded.
Give some direction to sources for how this Corporate paradise can be found. I've yet to run across one in literature with the execption of Rand's
attempt in her novel but they were theoritical musings not day to day practical visions.
Really - Show me your vision of a better world through Corporate Rule.
Not at all. Over regulation and taxation of businesses is much harsher on small businesses than large corporations. Established corporations with high
net worth are able to pay high taxes and exploit loopholes to work around regulations (i.e. outsourcing). Furthermore, lobbying and bribing by large
corporations is what got us in this mess to begin with.
It is important to understand that American capitalism is crony capitalism; oligarchs of industry are protected by the government, creating a
symbiotic relationship that prevents said oligarchs from failing. In a true capitalist setting, bad business practices would have consequences leading
to the downfall of businesses.
Keep in mind that the consumer is the lifeblood of the corporation; the corporation is dependent on the consumer, hence why competition requires it to
remain competent or become irrelevant. The incompetence of business should lead to the death of said business. A bailout should never become the
standard as a safety net for corporate incompetence and malevolence.
As for the role of government, ask yourself why we have formed governments, and why we need governments. History shows us that a divided, disorganized
people are easily conquered by a unified and organized people. For the sake of the sovereignty of our land and the survival of our people, then, we
need to be unified in our defenses. Otherwise, we end up like the Native Americans, being slowly forced out of our land and brought close to complete
What other need
do we have for government? What do they ever do right? Protect us? Please, all they do is take our tax dollars and wage war
with them, all for the sake of private interest groups and corporate profit. Not to mention pigs and the entire police establishment, the apex of
corruption and incompetence. A justice system that fuels the prison industrial complex? Oh yes, I feel so safe knowing that some kid who got caught
smoking weed is going to prison for a few years to work hard labor for 15 cents an hour, justice in the form of new-age slavery is served.
Government and business, like government and religion, don't mix well.
ETA: On the topic of affordability, I would suggest you look into how loans upset supply and demand, thus leading to the creation of economic bubbles.
What we're seeing now, especially regarding the affordability of medicine and education, is an offset in what a corporation can charge a consumer.
Supply and demand makes most things affordable to most people; it's a very utilitarian system, which is often the most realistic in a real-world
setting. However, let's look at what's going on in regards to insurance companies and federal student loans. Insurance companies are able to pay high
prices, allowing corporations to charge more, knowing that the demand can be met. People without insurance, then, are unable to afford said care.
Student loans are a similar Ouroboros: the federal government loans money to students to pay for college, suddenly the price of tuition spikes
something like 500% in a decade. The debt, of course, falls on the student, but the quality of education is not any better than it was when colleges
were charging roughly 2 grand a year for tuition. The same thing happened regarding the housing crash a few years ago.
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