Upsetter wrote: You have no choice either way, and there is no such thing as a free market, has never been one in this country. This is a battle between govt's and huge corporations, we sit on the sidelines and get gouged either way. It is funny to me how corporations are able to have complete control of our govt and our society, and when govt struggles against that control, they are the evil ones. Does Walmart gouge you? How does Exxon have complete control over our government?
Corporations are increasingly becoming unaccountable to anyone, even their shareholders. The biggest ones are anti-competitiveMicrosoft killed its competitors, cause apple's operating system sucks... waah, they try to kill the markets they exist in, seeking control not by outcompeting or being the best, but thru hostile takeovers, economies of scale, and other anti-competitive behavior that should be illegal. Are those corporations who you seek to answer to? Who you would like to dictate your choices to you? Economies of scale is a bad thing? It should be illegal? Do you actually think about what you are saying? Do you realize how expensive every thing would be if it had to be made by hand? Good luck buying a t-shirt for under a hundred bucks if a person has to sheer the sheep with scissors, make the thread on a hand loom, weave the thread into cloth, cut the cloth with scissors, sew together your t-shirt, deliver it to you by hand. Think about what you are saying, technology has given every company advantages in production capacities in order for you to be able to buy goods at low prices. What good/service do you feel you are gouged by? Legal fees- I feel I am gouged by them.
It is a lesser of two evils in this equation, the free market is defined by corporatism, and it is no panacea. It created the robber baron era and the great depression before govt fought back and busted the trusts and by waging war, or putting most everyone in the govts employ,Where do you think government gets money to employ people?? By TAXING corporations brought us out of the depression. Since then, most of the scientific and technological advancements in this country were discovered by NASA and the military, or private companies working on contract for the govt. What exactly has the free market given us in the way of true innovation since the automobile? How about the pharma companies? Pure R&D doesnt turn a profit,Pharam spends billions on R&D to cure your illnesses it wont happen by the free market alone until its too late. too late for what?
The question I ask myself is: should we steer the ship nowYeah, BHO is the captain of the ship, but he is steering us towards the rocks, trying to disrupt the economy Yes he isas little as possible while still realizing the paradigm shift we need to realize or do we let the shortsighted markets keep plugging away until we see the wall coming and try to radically steer ourselves out of harms way, causing severe disruption to the global economy.Hum... the global economy allows our corporations to achieve economies of scale, I thought that should be illegal Whether this comes by the end of oil or catastrophic weather events is irrelevant, which is why I say dont worry about the scenarios. There is one scenario that is a guarantee, oil will run outHow can you guarantee this?, so will natural gasHow do you know, and so will coalnew coal fields are found all the time, and they all polluteSure, toxins are releaed into the atmosphere when carbon based fuels are burned, you should stop heating your home, driving your car and cooking your dinner. You lead the way, I will follow., CO2 Quit exhaling notwithstanding.
Wow just wow....