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October 26, 2011, 03:51:33 AM
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Seriously?

Jesus Christ, capitalism really is a religion to you people. Sorry for bashing your faith.

Don't you find it odd that you are unable to answer a simple question without resorting to rabid ad hominems?
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October 26, 2011, 04:00:02 AM
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I answered that question about a dozen times in this thread alone.

But when capitalism itself is more important than its effects on the people and one attributes every single one of its negatives to the government, there's really not much else to say, is there?

Workers don't get exploited because they can choose between 20 other jobs that will exploit them in exactly the same way. That's freedom!
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October 26, 2011, 04:25:51 AM
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Workers don't get exploited because they can choose between 20 other jobs that will exploit them in exactly the same way compete to hire them.

In Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, and soon Kenya and every other third world country, yes, that eventually becomes the case. With every third-world nation that people have complained about with regards to running sweatshops and exploiting workers for very little wages, that nation eventually (and quickly) reached employment saturation, where the number of cheap jobs greatly outnumbered the number of workers available to exploit. Once that happened, workers started to demand higher wages, and factories started to provide competitive wages and better working conditions to steal workers off each other. Those workers, now earning more money, in turn were then able to get specialized training, get education, move to managerial positions, and start their own businesses. In the end, the economies of those countries, and the quality of life for the workers, had greatly improved. Just compare India, Mexico, and Brazil from 20 years ago to today.
This has happened EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. There is NO REASON it will not continue to happen. So we have REAL WORLD EXAMPLES that what you propose would happen is total bullsh~~.

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October 26, 2011, 04:28:04 AM
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I answered that question about a dozen times in this thread alone.

But when capitalism itself is more important than its effects on the people and one attributes every single one of its negatives to the government, there's really not much else to say, is there?

Workers don't get exploited because they can choose between 20 other jobs that will exploit them in exactly the same way. That's freedom!

Why do you assume things would be the same as they are now (with massive states) in a stateless society?
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October 26, 2011, 05:17:37 AM
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Workers don't get exploited because they can choose between 20 other jobs that will exploit them in exactly the same way compete to hire them.

In Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, and soon Kenya and every other third world country, yes, that eventually becomes the case. With every third-world nation that people have complained about with regards to running sweatshops and exploiting workers for very little wages, that nation eventually (and quickly) reached employment saturation, where the number of cheap jobs greatly outnumbered the number of workers available to exploit. Once that happened, workers started to demand higher wages, and factories started to provide competitive wages and better working conditions to steal workers off each other. Those workers, now earning more money, in turn were then able to get specialized training, get education, move to managerial positions, and start their own businesses. In the end, the economies of those countries, and the quality of life for the workers, had greatly improved. Just compare India, Mexico, and Brazil from 20 years ago to today.
This has happened EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. There is NO REASON it will not continue to happen. So we have REAL WORLD EXAMPLES that what you propose would happen is total bullsh~~.

I have a real world example of American wages staying stagnant for 30 years now while executive salaries spiral out of control and the rich gobble up a larger and larger portion of the wealth. People should not live and die by the whims of market forces. I'd rather have stability. Decent wages are great until unemployment starts to crop up and businesses realize they can get more for less because people are desperate.

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Why do you assume things would be the same as they are now (with massive states) in a stateless society?

Why would you ever assume they wouldn't? When most of the problems I talk about are associated with business making as much money as possible, how does a stateless society change that?
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October 26, 2011, 05:22:47 AM
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Workers don't get exploited because they can choose between 20 other jobs that will exploit them in exactly the same way compete to hire them.

In Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, and soon Kenya and every other third world country, yes, that eventually becomes the case. With every third-world nation that people have complained about with regards to running sweatshops and exploiting workers for very little wages, that nation eventually (and quickly) reached employment saturation, where the number of cheap jobs greatly outnumbered the number of workers available to exploit. Once that happened, workers started to demand higher wages, and factories started to provide competitive wages and better working conditions to steal workers off each other. Those workers, now earning more money, in turn were then able to get specialized training, get education, move to managerial positions, and start their own businesses. In the end, the economies of those countries, and the quality of life for the workers, had greatly improved. Just compare India, Mexico, and Brazil from 20 years ago to today.
This has happened EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. There is NO REASON it will not continue to happen. So we have REAL WORLD EXAMPLES that what you propose would happen is total bullsh~~.

I have a real world example of American wages staying stagnant for 30 years now while executive salaries spiral out of control and the rich gobble up a larger and larger portion of the wealth. People should not live and die by the whims of market forces. I'd rather have stability. Decent wages are great until unemployment starts to crop up and businesses realize they can get more for less because people are desperate.


Are you really so ideologically blinded to not see the collusion of corporate and government power that has greatly contributed to that very same stat you're referring to?

"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

- Carroll Quigley, CFR member, mentor to Bill Clinton, from 'Tragedy And Hope'
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October 26, 2011, 05:32:30 AM
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Are you really so ideologically blinded to not see the collusion of corporate and government power that has greatly contributed to that very same stat you're referring to?

Are you really so ideologically blinded to think that in the absence of government, CEOs will turn into little fluffy bunnies that will always do what's best for the people? 

All of the stuff I'm talking about is driven by the need for greater and greater profits. How does removing government change that equation?
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October 26, 2011, 12:51:53 PM
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Do you really think that in the absence of statist governments there's no other way to obtain food and shelter except to get a job working for a large company? How do you think humans have survived for most of their existence, being Walmart greeters?
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October 26, 2011, 01:21:52 PM
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Hahaha goddamn.

Yes, please bitcoin2crash, tell me about the viability of being a hunter-gatherer in a world with the population density of a modern industrial society. I remember Atlas spouting that same line about how we won't truly be free until most of us are living in tin-roofed shacks without electricity and working 18 hours a day for peanuts, but hey, no taxes!

That's more of that famous libertarian "freedom" and "choice" for you. Be a wage slave OR live like it's 500 B.C. in a world where that's impossible! The field is wide open!

If Adam Smith himself can recognize the greed and inequality inherent in capitalism, why can't you?
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October 26, 2011, 01:29:39 PM
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Are you really so ideologically blinded to not see the collusion of corporate and government power that has greatly contributed to that very same stat you're referring to?

Are you really so ideologically blinded to think that in the absence of government, CEOs will turn into little fluffy bunnies that will always do what's best for the people? 

No, I'm not.  I'm not one to believe that the absence of government is a stable or desirable condition.  Nor am I under any illusions about the downsides.

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All of the stuff I'm talking about is driven by the need for greater and greater profits. How does removing government change that equation?

Government creates the concentration of wealth and power that attracts that 'profit driven need'.  Every one of the most profitable corporations on Earth have very cozy relationships with large Western governments.  Including Apple, despite Steve Jobs well hidden contempt for politicos.

"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

- Carroll Quigley, CFR member, mentor to Bill Clinton, from 'Tragedy And Hope'
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October 26, 2011, 01:47:19 PM
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Government creates the concentration of wealth and power that attracts that 'profit driven need'.  Every one of the most profitable corporations on Earth have very cozy relationships with large Western governments.  Including Apple, despite Steve Jobs well hidden contempt for politicos.

Of course they do. It's to their advantage, and naturally the most profitable companies will have used every advantage available to them, even illegal or immoral ones if they think they can get away with them. Taking away that one advantage doesn't destroy the very nature of their profit motive and the horrible things that makes them do.  It doesn't prevent them from making enough money to buy up their competitors and become truly huge. And if you want to talk concentration of wealth and power, wouldn't that problem get even worse under your completely impotent government where big business executives become the uncontested most powerful group in society?
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October 26, 2011, 01:56:19 PM
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I have a real world example of American wages staying stagnant for 30 years now while executive salaries spiral out of control and the rich gobble up a larger and larger portion of the wealth.

You are being WAY too Americacentric. Those salaries and profits didn't go up on the backs of American labor alone. If you want to be fair, compare the rise in salaries of executives to the wages of Americans and every other country we've out sourced to in the last 30 years. You will likely find that average wages in all those countries have gone up tenfold.

Also, if CEO wages are your concern, then your problem is with corporate shareholders alone. Not governments and not corporations. Don't want excessive CEO salaries? Don't buy the stock, or buy it and vote against those CEO contracts.

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October 26, 2011, 02:02:32 PM
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Wages are not the only relevant fact. What truly matters in the end is the cost-of-living which inflates in an inefficient, stagnant economy.
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October 26, 2011, 02:09:59 PM
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I have a real world example of American wages staying stagnant for 30 years now while executive salaries spiral out of control and the rich gobble up a larger and larger portion of the wealth.

You are being WAY too Americacentric. Those salaries and profits didn't go up on the backs of American labor alone. If you want to be fair, compare the rise in salaries of executives to the wages of Americans and every other country we've out sourced to in the last 30 years. You will likely find that average wages in all those countries have gone up tenfold.


Wages in countries are the responsibility of their people. Why compare their wages to American wages? In most countries the executive wages compared to base level workers is around 10:1 but in the USA it is 100:1 or more.

Also, if CEO wages are your concern, then your problem is with corporate shareholders alone. Not governments and not corporations. Don't want excessive CEO salaries? Don't buy the stock, or buy it and vote against those CEO contracts.

Those excessive CEOs wages are the result of eliminating the corporate tax rates that worked under Nixon by Reagan.

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October 26, 2011, 02:13:51 PM
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So nobody is going to consider the fact that wages are irrelevant when a loaf of bread costs $20 and housing is limited to $800 a month? Nope? I see.
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October 26, 2011, 02:16:51 PM
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So nobody is going to consider the fact that wages are irrelevant when a loaf of bread costs $20 and housing is limited to $800 a month? Nope? I see.

Sounds like a ghetto. Cheesy

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October 26, 2011, 03:08:51 PM
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You are being WAY too Americacentric. Those salaries and profits didn't go up on the backs of American labor alone. If you want to be fair, compare the rise in salaries of executives to the wages of Americans and every other country we've out sourced to in the last 30 years. You will likely find that average wages in all those countries have gone up tenfold.

Wages in countries are the responsibility of their people. Why compare their wages to American wages? In most countries the executive wages compared to base level workers is around 10:1 but in the USA it is 100:1 or more.

I am talking about salaries of executives of corps like HP, General Electric, Apple, etc, compared to wages of the people these global corporations employ around the world. US corporations don't just maufactore and sell in US anymore, remember? So comparing corporate and CEO profits, which increased due to corps expanding their markets and production to the entire world, with incomes of only one of the countries is somewhat unfair. I could just as easily say that the salary of GE CEO went up by 400%, but the salary of a factory worker in China went up from $0.30 to $4.00, going up 1,400%, and make a completely different graph.

Also, if CEO wages are your concern, then your problem is with corporate shareholders alone. Not governments and not corporations. Don't want excessive CEO salaries? Don't buy the stock, or buy it and vote against those CEO contracts.
Those excessive CEOs wages are the result of eliminating the corporate tax rates that worked under Nixon by Reagan.

Actually, taxes have little to zero to do with it. Salaries are paid out before taxes are calculated, so in a situation where a $6,000,000 salary is being paid, with $20,000,000 remaining as pure profit, the only thing a 70% tax rate will change compared to a 30% tax rate is how much of that profit the corp will have left to give out as dividents to stockholders/retirees. In fact, raising taxes will only give corporations more incentives to squirrel money away before they calculate their final profits, whether it's to CEO bonuses, or tax deductible interest loans. Those excessive CEO salaries are actually a result of corps competing for good CEOs (very few around to chose from), and keep raising their incentives to try to attract ones of their competitors.

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October 26, 2011, 03:26:48 PM
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I am talking about salaries of executives of corps like HP, General Electric, Apple, etc,

OK, now Steve Jobs' salary at Apple was $1 a year. I'm pretty sure that's less than lots of unskilled Chinese labor.
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October 26, 2011, 03:32:14 PM
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Actually, taxes have little to zero to do with it. Salaries are paid out before taxes are calculated, so in a situation where a $6,000,000 salary is being paid, with $20,000,000 remaining as pure profit, the only thing a 70% tax rate will change compared to a 30% tax rate is how much of that profit the corp will have left to give out as dividents to stockholders/retirees. In fact, raising taxes will only give corporations more incentives to squirrel money away before they calculate their final profits, whether it's to CEO bonuses, or tax deductible interest loans. Those excessive CEO salaries are actually a result of corps competing for good CEOs (very few around to chose from), and keep raising their incentives to try to attract ones of their competitors.

Back when corporate taxes were higher, they re-invested revenue back into the business, not just pay dividends that would also be taxed higher. That's why American industries were growing and a middle-class prospered. Back then Americans bought goods made in America, not by child labor in other countries. With higher taxes a CEO would have to be pretty damn stupid to "squirrel money away" like they do now because they would have to pay higher taxes on that money than they do now.

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October 26, 2011, 03:51:21 PM
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I am talking about salaries of executives of corps like HP, General Electric, Apple, etc,

OK, now Steve Jobs' salary at Apple was $1 a year. I'm pretty sure that's less than lots of unskilled Chinese labor.


And exactly how many millions of dollars in stock options does the average Chinese laborer get?
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