[ExI] Economy: "The Big Takeover"

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Wed Mar 25 07:04:56 UTC 2009

On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 7:25 PM, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> Yes, but as we've read here and elsewhere, the reply from free market
> advocates is that the current USian system is *not* free market, it's almost
> the antithesis.
> On that view, it's a corrupt consortium of public officials largely buffered
> against consequences, ruthless tax gatherers without sense or pity,
> government largely by rich lawyers funded lavishly by special interests in
> exchange for favors, voters with their hands out for unearned benefits, and
> above and behind it all immense industrial and military oligopolies with
> little self-control yet able to command the resources of the nation without
> any serious internal or external checks or balances.
> And yet the oligopolies are what many people both in the US and elsewhere
> think capitalism *is*, and it seems to be what ideologues tend to champion
> against horrid "socialist" alternatives (especially top down direction or
> supervision by elected deputies or their civil servant class operatives).
> But no, it's actually the travesty pilloried and reviled in the bible of
> honorable capitalism, ATLAS SHRUGGED: a cabal of facile unprincipled shits
> lacking in reason or self-knowledge, unwilling to contribute but eager to
> grab and retain what they can, seeing themselves as an aristocracy of
> entitlement. Maybe so, maybe so.

### You are my man, Damien! :)

I mean, WTF - a few assholes get 800 billion dollars of our tax money
and fools call that "capitalism"? This is what happens when capitalism
is dead.

Long live the state that giveth to its friends.


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