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Old Dec 05, 2012, 10:51 PM
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What do you call synergy between Government and Corporations?


I guess it depends who's doing the talking ...
Old Dec 05, 2012, 11:04 PM
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Actually it doesn't. I call it crony capitalism.

Buisnesses love this 'partnership'. It frees them from actually competing, gets them sweetheart deals on everything from taxation to protection from losses, and often creates an entry barrier to competitors.

The State should not possess the power to dole out any of these favors whatsoever.
Old Dec 05, 2012, 11:06 PM
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Old Dec 05, 2012, 11:11 PM
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yup ... what a putz ... his bailout of the fiancial institutions was a primary example of crony capitalism / corporatism ...
Old Dec 05, 2012, 11:41 PM
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yup ... what a putz ... his bailout of the fiancial institutions was a primary example of crony capitalism / corporatism ...
Not so sure-it sounded like a dirty diaper we didn't have much choice about changing...the "other people's money" principle in action.
Old Dec 05, 2012, 11:42 PM
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I guess it depends who's doing the talking ...
I call it "a problem."
Old Dec 05, 2012, 11:48 PM
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shoulda let em all fail, and made it clear that doing so was the new normal. Faced with actually eating losses, these institutions would straighten up real quick.
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I hear the drone manufacturers are buttering-up a bunch in the Government in an effort to unleash their products on The People. Obviously, The People don't want this new form of surveillance. But do the corporate Galts care ? of course not...their lobbyists will get the job done and thousands of drones will start roaming our skies looking down at our every move like we're Afghanistanis or something...
Old Dec 06, 2012, 07:41 AM
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I hear the drone manufacturers are buttering-up a bunch in the Government in an effort to unleash their products on The People. Obviously, The People don't want this new form of surveillance. But do the corporate Galts care ? of course not...their lobbyists will get the job done and thousands of drones will start roaming our skies looking down at our every move like we're Afghanistanis or something...
Ya.........

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Old Dec 06, 2012, 10:01 AM
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You don't need drones to track every movement. A few cameras that already can recognize faces and license plates will do just fine. Back that up with devices that can pick up your cell phone (it's unique ID number) and you make it even easier. There are a wide variety of devices in a home that can be easily hacked to allow for voice and video surveillance. Many of those devices keep extensive logs of what you do with them.

Drones are a red herring. Privacy is an illusion.
Old Dec 06, 2012, 10:25 AM
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I hear the drone manufacturers are buttering-up a bunch in the Government in an effort to unleash their products on The People. Obviously, The People don't want this new form of surveillance. But do the corporate Galts care ? of course not...their lobbyists will get the job done and thousands of drones will start roaming our skies looking down at our every move like we're Afghanistanis or something...
Nice try, but a corporate "Galt" wouldn't resort to any lobbyist.
Old Dec 06, 2012, 11:11 AM
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I hear the drone manufacturers are buttering-up a bunch in the Government in an effort to unleash their products on The People. Obviously, The People don't want this new form of surveillance. But do the corporate Galts care ? of course not...their lobbyists will get the job done and thousands of drones will start roaming our skies looking down at our every move like we're Afghanistanis or something...
Um ... a Corporate "Galt" would have nothing to do with the Government in the first place.
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I think Peter is pulling your collective leg. He often did that previously.
Old Dec 06, 2012, 12:28 PM
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I think Peter is pulling your collective leg. He often did that previously.
I would hope so ... being that wrong requires an enormous amount of ignorance on the subject.
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Actually it doesn't. I call it crony capitalism.

Buisnesses love this 'partnership'. It frees them from actually competing, gets them sweetheart deals on everything from taxation to protection from losses, and often creates an entry barrier to competitors.

The State should not possess the power to dole out any of these favors whatsoever.
Damn near perfect post. Things that come to mind are the requirement of asbestos in building code and then making you pay a ton to get rid of it. Forcing Buses into large cities and then requiring them to pay tons to conform to energy and emission rules. Subsidizing tobacco while allowing attorneys to get rich suing the very industry they helped build. Putting moonshiners out of business to keep tax free whiskey off the market. Deciding winners and losers and unfortunately to biggest loser is always the taxpayer as they pay for the product and the legislators that allow them to do business in such a controlled environment.
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