Posted 3 months ago on April 27, 2020, 1:59 p.m. EST by elf3
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Some people believe it is their inherent right to do the wrong thing, as long as there is profit to be made.
The problem with libertarians:
- is you can't make people behave with morality or ethics - so if you wipe away the ability to regulate - presuming some idea that they will do the right thing in spite of the glaring repeated evidence that no they do not - then you have given sociopaths with money carte blanche to hurt others. (On the other hand poor sociopaths who can't hide behind a corporate entity or board generally find themselves in jail for crimes and the harm they cause).
Wealthy sociopaths change laws to make murder legal and avoid responsibility for harm by removing themselves directly and employing others to do their dirty work.
The ability to swing your fists ends at my nose. So if you pollute water, air, horde resources like oil, and land and having to much wealth is the cause - then that wealth absolutely MUST BE REGULATED. If those with to much wealth are using it to oppress and harm others including to bribe and lobby to change laws to their own benefit so that they receive legislation which allows them to swing their giant fists into our faces - then we MUST REGULATE AND STOP IT. WE MUST REGULATE WEALTH.
Those who are too wealthy have proven time and time again they will use that wealth to monopolize markets, harm the public (air, water, pollution), horde resources, REMEMBER EPI-PENS? and all around make life difficult for the ordinary people - we must REGULATE WEALTH. What is more if that they have had more than 30 years to prove that somehow they would fix everything with their de-regulation trickle down philosophy.
Everything has become much worse and the INDIVIDUAL has been far more restricted under their policies. DEREGULATION IS A FAILED EXPERIMENT AND AN UTTER DISASTER FOR THE INDIVIDUAL. The wealthy one percent has turned their money into a bureaucratic machine as powerful and corrupt as any Communist Regime in history - I would wager to say it is WORSE - because the hands of multi-national conglomerates have the power to reach their hand of control into every government across the world.
While deregulation has turned their wealth into unimaginable gains - they have not used this wealth to do good for the meek of this world. While they focus on rocket ships to the moon - they have not used their gains to make individuals more free or cure the ills of society - but to create fewer and fewer options for survival or upward mobility. Their control of markets and resources and increasing shares have made it impossible for an individual to possibly compete against them. This de-regulation of wealth has proven an utter disaster for the individual. When these powerful entities swing their fists into our faces - we individuals are left with no recourse and no choice but to become cogs in the ever growing corporate bureaucracies and individual crushing machine that seeks to enslave us the same as any corrupt communistic system.
Regulation and oversight keep corruption in check as does a free press. Regulated Regulation is the enemy of Corruption. Anytime you de-regulate oversight - then corruption blooms - whether in government or in markets, or with resources. Without oversight any system is vulnerable to corruption. And what do we mean by oversight? We mean protecting the rights and freedoms of the individual against systems that may bully or oppress their freedoms - it DOES NOT MEAN ALLOWING THE INDIVIDUAL TO BULLY OR OPRESS THE FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS OF OTHERS.
As it is playing out we are now in this neo-libertarianism meant to work for the benefit and greater good of a few elite one percent who control us - who control our governments - and who limit our choices and options - THIS IS THE OPPOSITE OF FREEDOM IT IS OPRESSION BY ANOTHER NAME (LIBERTARIANISM). As far as innovation? I see not one iota of innovation coming out of any of these nouveaux riche. Blindness, paralysis, starvation, pollution, cancer, birth defects, poverty, have not only not been solved but increased exponentially - what has any of their wealth brought us but war and misery, less choices, and less beauty. The narcissists of the world literally can not see beyond their own gains to live in the shoes and lives of the average person. Their concierge healthcare, their endless choices, the caged beauty they have for themselves - is out of reach to regular people. They stole the world - and they haven't a clue as they drown on the idea of their own grandiosity in the false meritocracy of their dumb luck and built in silver spoon safety nets - and TIME. Time that has been stolen from our lives, beauty that has been stolen from us - and TAKEN by the rich.
Who among us may cure cancer? Be the next Mozart? Or Shakespeare? We will never know they are too busy working two jobs to pay rent to landiers and working 12 hour days at Amazon and ever increasing shares of their income to pay for overpriced resources.
Being rich isn't a crime ...or maybe these days... it is?