Democratic government can do no wrong. Don’t you see? If an elected official does wrong, he won’t be reelected. Besides, why would an elected official do something that would be bad for his voters? The interests of a politician and the people are one and the same. Politicians simply offer a service, which they advertise in their campaign, and voters buy it with votes. No one is forcing you to vote for politicians you don’t like.
Therefore it is impossible for anything bad to happen, and if something bad does happen to you, it’s your fault for spending your votes unwisely. So in the long run, it is completely self regulating and thus peace, harmony, and happiness breaks out.
Now replace Democratic government with capitalism, elected official and politician with corporation, voter with consumer, and tell me what the difference is.
The difference is that no producer can legally make another person pay for my mistakes. Not the rich, not my grandchildren, not the Iraqis.
This is why democracy is not self regulating like free markets are. Free markets force you to learn.
Nonsense. Because of the mistakes of others, the river near where I live is neither fishable nor swimmable nor drinkable.
Because of the mistakes of others advertising is running rampant, appearing more and more in places that should not be for sale, in obscene and crass ways.
Because of the mistakes of others, the stores lining the city streets are being replaced by a shitty handful of trashy fast food restaurants that comes at the expense of health and community and ecology.
Because of the mistakes of others, Fox News exists, propagandizes, distracts, lies, and is supported by the marketplace.
The mistakes of others – unbridled greed – have eroded the market value of real estate property where I live.
Because of the mistakes of others, criminal corporations go relatively unpunished, and the marketplace has failed to correct this.
Because of the mistakes of others, half of the mountains in Appalachia will be gone within the next 30 years.
You cannot pretend that those who boycott the offending corporations are not affected. This is one world we all share, and there are many things in life that are more important than the greedy man’s right to make a buck preying on others while calling it a “service” simply because they have successfully manipulated people into becoming consumers.
Sounds like China, N.Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, etc are more up your speed. Obviously, other peoples freedoms piss you off.[/quote]
Right, call the other guy a communist. How noble of you.
Corporations are not people, and they should not have constitutional rights. They are charters granted by the state and only have the freedoms that we the people grant them. People have freedom over their private property, but in the examples I have, they are exercising control over the commons, which is not theirs to exploit. Your property is the context for my property. Simply because you own the property does not mean you can blast your radio at volume 10 at 3 in the morning in a residential area.