[FoRK] Capitalism, Contracts and Cronyism
jbone at place.org
Tue Aug 26 16:25:54 PDT 2008
On Aug 26, 2008, at 6:05 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> Jeff Bone wrote:
>> On Aug 26, 2008, at 3:04 PM, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
>>> On Aug 26, 2008, at 12:51 PM, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
>>>> It is not a big stretch to suggest that shitty privatization is
>>>> still more efficient than having the government do it themselves.
>> Sing it, brother!
>> If and only if there is competition in the privatization.
I will stipulate that privatization which doesn't create competition
is essentially not accomplishing much --- but by the same token
private, government-franchised monopoly may still be more efficient
than public government monopoly. As James says, that argument isn't a
big stretch at all...
>> But I'll a bold statement, here: if the choice is between
>> continuation of current policies and effects for another 4-8 years
>> versus a complete meltdown of the economy --- and I'm talking
>> severe, Depression-era style but worse in terms of its long-term
>> impact and the magnitude of its impact on our economy vs. the rest
>> of the world --- I'll unhappily opt for the former.
> That thinking is just bizarre to me.
Let's note this for the record. Stephen prefers a Great Depression to
the period of 2001-2009.
But then, the Great Depression was the heyday of American big-
government liberalism, so perhaps there's a lurking motive there... ;-)
> So far, McCain is filling those [Bush] shoes just a little too
More than I'd like.
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