A fine comment on cronyism

By yours truly, of course:

Newsflash: government does not mitigate the excesses of “capitalism.” What it does it exacerbate the excesses of corporatism. By creating a system where profit depends on political connections and lobbying, by having a government big enough to intervene in the economy and choose winners and losers, you’re creating cronyism.

How do you have cronyism in a (classical) liberal economic system, aka capitalism? You can’t really, because the entire economic system is predicated on fulfilling customers’ needs and providing value to society, not by lobbying and buying elections.

Your legislators are bought and paid for, and not by you. Why progressives willingly continue to be Big Businesses’ useful idiots I will never understand. Quit playing into corporations’ hands by giving them the tools to ban their competition and pad their executive paychecks.

Sauce: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/10/can-america-survive-parliamentary-norms-presidential-system#comment-1083914729

Transformers Alternates

Just a thought, but you know, I’ve always wondered, why did they never do something like a crossover between Ghost in the Shell or The Matrix? I have this funny image of Major Kusanagi sitting on the shoulder of Optimus Prime with a data cable running between them, exchanging some thoughts on how Batou and Ratchet are quirky people. (Okay, so I know the real reason–different scifi subgenres, and totally different audiences) but I really think something like that would be cool.

And while we’re on the subject, something else that might be cool, is seeing what would happen if Autobots and humanity merged to become one new race, both mechanical and biological. Maybe that would be the Maximals of the future, and then they would end up crashing backwards in time and seeing the Autobots take down the Decepticons once and for all, while trying to stay out of the way and not influence the timeline. Kinda like Star Trek: First Contact. Only with giant transforming robots and little transforming robots.

Ah, who am I kidding. These things are way too cerebral for Transformers. But it would be so cool!

Amazon Affiliate Links

I’ve started using Amazon affiliate links for the books I have in the ebook widget on the sidebar. It’s a new thing that I’ve decided to try out, and it seems to be pretty cool.

I mean, hey, if I’m going to show you what I’m reading, the best thing I can do is give you a direct opportunity to buy the book, and maybe get some money for it.

Quick Tyranny Summary

So let’s sum up the Obama Administration’s scandals so far:

Of course, there are a number of liberals who are trying to defend the president and his administration (such as Jeffrey Toobin from the New Yorker), but for once it seems that the cloak has come off and the emperor has no clothes. Everywhere people are outraged over this.

What will happen? I don’t know. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that this is a fairly tyrannical administration. I wasn’t alive during Nixon so I can’t compare. But it seems awful. And it’s about the same as George W. Bush.

I hope this finally leads to some improvement. The dark times we’re facing now may be a forge through which we will tempered into something much greater. I can hope, at any rate. Even if all it does is make the American public more skeptical of the government, more distrustful of it, that will be a fantastic first step.