SmokinFool wrote:Hi Jim,
The problems that you cite are not necessarilly examples of capitalsim not working, it's actually an example of the Government meddling in things it ought not to, and not allowing capitalism to work. In true capitalism, the free market system creates competition among companies, which keeps costs down to the end users, and keeps a lid on corruption, to a certain extent (you can never fully be rid of corporate corruption).
DocJude wrote: What we're seeing now is all of the horrible stuff that can happen under Capitalism
ERNEST1T wrote:Human nature.
If everyone is equal or provided for it takes all incentive away. I mean if the gov't is going to make sure i survive by taking from others then why bust my ass to provide for someone else when I can sit on the couch and have them take care of me.And still have my liberty and freedom.
Allthough I would not just sit on the couch, maybe give 80% instead of 110%.
i.e. I make 1 million ayr. if I make 1.25 mil a yr my taxes go up 30%. geuss what when I hit the milion mark it's vacation time.Just an example, but can see how this could effect produtivity?
Could be very wrong. Maybe the guy that runs the plant is just a greedy bastard and he won't shut down the plant and lay every one off for 6 months.Or you going to have the gov't mandate he can't shut down.
the rich are smart people or they wouldn't be rich.Part of thier job is to find the loop-hole.
eric wrote:....One of my favorite examples comes from a cultural anthropology class I took some years back. The unwritten theme of the class was "civilization and white people bad - existing primitive cultures good." The instructor said stupid and illogical things each class (he was working on is doctorate by using hallucinogens in a South American jungle) but one that sticks out in my memory is the comment he made about one of the Hawaiian islands here called Niihau. This island is virtually off limits to anyone but native Hawaiians who are also members of the Robinson family. In other words, the inhabitants all belong to a very small, exclusive, and limited group of people and they go out of their way to prevent outside influences by keeping people out. This brilliant instructor of mine said "there's a lot of diversity there."
These days you have to be extremely "educated" to say something that stupid. Having morons like that as gatekeepers sets principled thinking people like me at a disadvantage because I had to not just regurgitate the spew, I had to figure out a way to do it where I could be factual and intellectually honest but still appear to be inside his loop. I called this instructor on his use of the term "diversity" in front of the class and asked him to explain how he defines diversity and how that could apply to such an exclusive group of people from the same race, culture, and family. Of course he couldn't and backpedaled but I had to keep these challenges to a minimum...
eric wrote:...The professors or instructors that are pushing socialism on you probably wouldn't stand up to scrutiny in a debate with a third rate amateur libertarian or conservative blogger. They wouldn't be able to answer the tough questions, but they'll never have to because they only expose themselves to scrutiny by each other, not outsiders, because they're the smart ones and the outsiders aren't, and they know that because the outsiders don't believe the way they do and ask all those challenging questions.
I hope your intellectual honesty survives until you get your piece of paper.
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