Re: Will the free market solve everything?

Guru George (
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 01:01:48 -0600

On Mon, 24 Feb 1997 14:22:02 -0600
Steve Edwards <> wrote:

>>Steve, Soros' comments are totally and utterly self-serving. Don't be
fooled! He is doing what people who get to the top have always done:
trying to stay there by toadying to government. Exactly the same things
were said by political businessmen towards the end of the 19th century,
and the support they gave to the concept of big government led to the
wonderful results we've had for most of this century.

This is the voice of mercantilism, not capitalism. Given that
literature reflects opinion, just look at the very first thing he says,
then go to any bookshop in town and count the number of books, popular
and academic, that support laissez faire, then count the number of books
that support intervention. Get the picture?

He is, quite simply, lying through his teeth. Why? He wants to make
the state more powerful because, being rich, he is in a position to
influence a powerful state to do things to his advantage, to make him
richer. It doesn't matter a damn to him what ideology the state upholds
- socialism, fascism, it's all the same, just so long as the state
becomes a more powerful instrument *in itself*. If the USA were even
more fascist than it is he would be singing a fascist song and
critiquing laissez faire from a fascist (e.g. nationalistic) point of
view and you wouldn't hear a peep about the poor and the disadvantaged.
As it is, the present flavour is towards the left, so he falls in with

You can bet your bottom dollar there wouldn't be very much re-distribution
of *his* money going on!

Sorry if this is a bit of a rant, but I was just shocked by the utter
cynical evil of what he was saying, and saddened by how you seemed to be
taken in.

Guru George<<

Sorry, George, I just don't buy your rant, if that's what it is. The
present flavour (British spelling, interesting) is toward the LEFT??? What
century are you coming from? The last election saw two Replublicans running
against each other, with Clinton making speeches that could have come from
Ronald Reagan.

And, in fact, Soros has redistributed a lot of his own money, mostly in sort
of a one man Marshall plan for Eastern Europe. For a capitalist, he's not
such a bad guy.