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by George
Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Politics / Current Affairs / Blog thread
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Also, @ Frank re: gov spending rising. Is that not just because a) the privatization process is actually an extremely expensive and inefficient one: (Thatchers privatizations cost £3 billion in bankers fees alone, not the mention the cost of selling public assets that are unprofitable and thus at a...
by George
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:51 am
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Also, @ Frank re: gov spending rising. Is that not just because a) the privatization process is actually an extremely expensive and inefficient one: (Thatchers privatizations cost £3 billion in bankers fees alone, not the mention the cost of selling public assets that are unprofitable and thus at a ...
by George
Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:23 pm
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Also, for fucks sake Pete, stop referring to 'your' Labour govt. You should know by now that I'm certainly not a labourite, and don't believe for a second any of these things would be any different under milliband.
by George
Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:21 pm
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@ pete - you're right, i didnt read enough into that and the guardian article is misleading, as is to be expected. I find the argument, though, about capital flight just fucking boring and infantile. I know you're going to say the same about this but its based on the premise that banks can't pay any...
by George
Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:59 pm
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i'd also like to add at this point... i think one of the things i find depressing about the whole argument is the mindset underpinning it all. in a successful society (in my view), we'd be celebrating every day as more and more people became independent of the state, and were able to stand on their...
by George
Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:51 am
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Businesses run by people earning high sums of money are generally what keeps this economy going. Taxing them such a high amount is unbelievable. They have worked hard to produce a product that is obviously successful and widely used enough to produce such a massive business from it, all they're ask...
by George
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:22 pm
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Fine, Frank ignored my question, bastard... Anyhow, quite a lot has happened since we last did politics, so touching on one of the gazillion issues that could be raised, I'd like to start with the very oddest. George Monbiot has, for a moment at least, stopped talking scare mongering bullshit and w...
by George
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:59 pm
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Ok, I must be being rather dim, but I really don't get how Enron can be used as an example of this? I get it with OPEC and can in fact see where you're coming from, despite the issue that the religious elements to the governments in many OPEC countries indicate they are not just economic monopolies...
by George
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:39 pm
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Ok, I must be being rather dim, but I really don't get how Enron can be used as an example of this? I get it with OPEC and can in fact see where you're coming from, despite the issue that the religious elements to the governments in many OPEC countries indicate they are not just economic monopolies...
by George
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:21 pm
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Relevant examples are abound and boringly obvious - enron, the super rich not paying tax, inefficient privatization and state management somehow coexisting together ect None of those are examples of zero state intervention as all of them are / were based within states that are regulated. I've made ...
by George
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:17 pm
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Thank you very much. I didn't have any cake left and my coffee is cold, but nonetheless it was worth the wait. Interesting line of thought, difficult to argue against without proof either way. I suppose my view would differ as I think there will always be someone willing to undercut someone else, e...
by George
Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:58 pm
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Relevant examples are abound and boringly obvious - enron, the super rich not paying tax, inefficient privatization and state management somehow coexisting together ect
by George
Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:55 pm
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Well, I think the dichotomy of state and market is misleading in light of neoliberalism, whereby the state and the market become essentially one and the same thing. In a strange way i think libertarians who complain that the state is distorting the market are not dissimilar to mid-century third camp...
by George
Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:45 pm
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as someone mentioned above, i'm not sure anyone is going for 100% hypothetical free markets - it's about moving as far as possible in that direction whilst maintaining an internal balance to the system, avoiding things like collusion and monopoly, which make the market unfree. But are collusion and...
by George
Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:31 pm
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p.s just realised that that last comment probably looks pretty inflammatory - the obvious retort that the left too largely lead lifestyles that avoid police brutality is true, they just come into contact with it at marches, hence the leftist critique of the police as manifestation of the capitalist ...