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The 'free-market' is whatever the owners want it to mean.

Posted by: James T. Kirk on January 19, 19100 at 15:04:14:

In Reply to: Gin Rummy posted by Gee on January 19, 19100 at 11:46:57:

: If so then those perpetrating the attacks are mere hoodlums and those stopping the fellow entering work of his choice are the pre cursors of brown shirts.

: Any other kind of strike, or union activity which does not coerce and bully its members, other employees (potential or otherwise) is fine.

I guess you've never heard of the Phelps Dodge Strike--precipitated, by the by a book from the Wharton School of Business and how to operate on strikes. And the governor of Arizona at the time? None other than the liberal Democrat Bruce Babbit. American popular lore has it that, at least until Clinton, the Democrats at at least a modicum of respect for unions--so much for blaming it all on conservatives.

You've probably never heard of the Ludlow Massacre, either, or inumerable other instances of government aggression on the side of management to "keep the peace." Well gee, Gee, that's always their excuse, keeping the peace.

"Keeping the peace" is another one of those words by which capitalist justify their defial of what they teach in college as their sacred principles. "Defense spending" is a good one, as is "import relief" (tarriffs). I love the term "dumping" (free-market pricing as it applies U.S. competitors like the Japanese), but my favorite has to be the self-refuting "market intervention."

Gee, you're no better than Frenchy, although you are a demonstrably better typist. Why is it so hard for you to see that capitalist governments exist by the owners and for the owners, and has, does and will always act in the owners' interests over that of most of the population. Can't you just admit that government is not neutral, and thus acts contrary to what Adam Smith had in mind when he advocated market solutions?

Here's the Gee Doctrine: The 'free-market' is whatever the owners want it to mean. Whenever they want the government to intervene on their behalf, Gee will find the language to justify it.

Gee folds. Kirk takes the hand.

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