RE: capitalist religion (was: NANO: _Forbes_ cover story)

From: Jerry Mitchell (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 09:50:37 MDT

>Tiberius wrote:
>An example is housing. Given the relative level of sophistication of
>manufacturing methods, I would wager that comfortable homes could be
>cheaply manufactured in Mexico and shipped here. Never mind the
>current model/style of moble home: simply consider the possiblities
>in the realm of very cheap modular housing.

At whos expence?

> But prevailing laws prevent that. Look as an example at the many
>laws against the placement and moving of mobile homes. I doubt you
>are even aware of the scope and magnitude of these laws. And never
>mind zoning and housing associations...

I agree about the zoning laws, their clearly anti-freedom based. Home
ownership assoc. on the other hand are a perfectly acceptable mechanism to
"block off" a large section of area to keep it all under one set of
standards. As long as their is no force being delivered from the government,
people are free to contract and make arrangments all they want. If you dont
like the rules of a particular group, dont deal with them and find a group
you like.

>These laws act to prop up the values of current ocuppied and future
>homes--at the expense of those without a home. So now the 60% or so
>of people own homes in the USA can prop-up their own wealth... at the
>expense of others. Many of these "others" can be seen sleeping under

I would be willing to bet a VERY large percentage of people sleeping under
bridges in the US are their from the choices they made. (99% maybe?,
certainly over 95%). They were not put there by "Tha manT".

>The recent removal of barriers to immigration into the USA help to
>prop up property values and therefore preserve the wealth of those
>that are land owners, and conversely, help to empty the pockets of
>those that are not landowners. Those green pieces of paper fly out of
>the pockets of the landless and into the pockets of the landed. With
>more people coming into the country, more green pieces of paper are

Man, lock out the aliens, and were depriving them of the chance for a good
life, let them in and were exploiting them... Plus, this sounds kinda
conspritorial as if smoking man had the plans for this locked up out in area

>Medical care is another of the pillars of a "comfortable life". I
>note that the physician lobby acted a few years ago to limit the
>supply of doctors. The accompanying propaganda was laughable...

I to agree against the government "limiting" or licensing doctors, nurses,
midwives, etc.... Theres tons of other ways to accomplish this without their
intrusion (which I dont feel the need to go into here).

>Ehrenbach is completely right (in her recent book _Nickled and Dimed_
>which detailed her sojourns as a low paid worker) when she said that
>we all exploit these low paid workers. In fact, our own wealth and
>status depends upon their presence. If they were not poor and working
>to obtain the resources we possess, much of our wealth would be
>worthless.... just pieces of green paper.

Why am I "exploiting" the guy at the drive through a mcdonalds? If hes a
teen working there, Id say its a great job for him. If its a 30 year old man
with a family working there, Id say hes made some REAL bad choices in his
life. I guess you could argue that our society exploits stupidity or

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