From: Brian D Williams (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Feb 07 2002 - 08:31:49 MST
>From: Mike Lorrey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Yes, a mercantilist oligarchy is an apt description of a large
>chunck of the national government and big business, while the
>majority of business is still a free market (since most businesses
>are and employees work for small businesses involved in
>local/regional trade. Keep in mind that large scale labor brokers
>(i.e. so-called labor unions) are also properly classified as
>mercantilist oligarchs (since their members have little choice in
>joining or not, and have no voice in how their membership dues are
>spent on bribing politicians), while other special interests, the
>so-called NGO's, purport to have their members interests in mind,
>but are generally just for anything that for-profit businesses
>are against, and vice versa, with a few exceptions, like the NRA,
>the Red Cross, etc..
A slight correction...
Unions cannot spend member money directly on political causes.
However unions due try to collect money ($3.00 a quarter) for the
PAC, which is used for political purposes.
You can deduct the PAC from your dues and members like myself who
do not blindly support a political party, do.
The book I mentioned awhile back "The Rule of Three" goes into why
in a mature market there will be three main generalist competitors
with niche players catering to speciality markets. An emergent
behavior of markets.
Effectively an oligarchy.
Extropy Institute, www.extropy.org
National Rifle Association, www.nra.org, 1.800.672.3888
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