[FoRK] Outsourcing fascism

Dave Long dl at silcom.com
Fri May 7 07:33:19 PDT 2004

>> I think "Rent Seeking" is the term we're looking for.

I deserve my profit, because I risked all the cash.
You deserve your wages, because you did all the work.
He deserves his rents, because his lawyers* did all the work.


* at least for legal rents.  In the
matter of illegal rents, the mafia 
seems to work, at least in part, by
enforcing local monopolies (thereby
creating a private property interest
where none used to exist) for goods
which, in the aboveground economy,
are supposedly supplied either in a
free competition (the legal ones) or
not at all (the illegal ones).

:: :: ::

(under democracy, a state acts
according to popular command;
under fascism, a populace acts
according to state command?)

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