The Great Hippo wrote:
Ormurinn wrote:I'd go further - without using State Power to trample the competition, offload the costs of negative externalities, and profit from economic rent, you're not a robber baron. You're just a successful person who is wealthy because you've provided a great deal of positive utility to people..
What's the fundamental difference between me driving competition out of business by controlling the market with my money and me driving competition out of business by controlling the market with government regulation?
In fact, in practice, I suspect these two actions are often so similar that you sometimes can't tell any difference at all.
The mechanisms of my Government were used by private individuals to shut my business down.
The actions without oversight are not different at all.
The Gangsters Rule today as always.
Who are the people that can get things done?
Those that use money to get people to do what they are told to do.
I may understand a part of what has happened in this nation during the last fifteen years.
Would it help to type about it? What difference would it make to explain?
It is not possible to cure the disease,just, by knowing how the Virus works.
It is mildly interesting. Interested?
Did you ever study War?
I attempted to avoid Policy Stuff.
My interest was in The People.
I was told something one time by a very passionate young intellectual.
He surprised me. He said, "China has only been conquered, once."
Well; That got my Attention! Conquered? China? Never. Once?
He explained some things to me that I had never considered.
When we had the big 2000 switch over it was a bigger deal than most of us thought it was.
People that study War often look at, 'How it was done.'
Does this belong on a different Thread?
What could China in the middle of last Century have to do with the US Seventy years later?
I only got one lecture on the subject. I was very interested. It was not what I was taught in School.
The one thing that is consistent with what I was taught is The People suffer when War is Waged.
That whole Eastern/Western Border is so Strange to me.
It was behind the Bamboo Curtain.
What could we learn from China? Not mandarin.
That might be nice, but our people are suffering in poverty and ignorance.
Not all; Many.
Lifting the bottom is something we could learn. Correct?
Lift our people. Lift them from the bottom.
Set a higher standard for our Poor. It will elevate all of us.
Pride could be more than Hollow words from Belligerent Assholes.
It is ok to look at a person that has wasted their allowance and say, "See?"
It is not ok to look at a person that has not had enough allowed and say, "See?"
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.
We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.
Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.