1/18/2012

On SOPA and the role of government in society

To all who oppose SOPA, consider:

"The House and Senate bills are backed by the movie and music industries as a means to crack down on the sale of counterfeit goods by non-U.S. websites"

The narrative in defense of government goes something like this, "without government big business motivated purely by greed would harm consumers."

While I readily concede corporations are motivated by greed and self-interest (as opposed to the angels criticizing the free market whom, of course, are not) the astute observer notices that the introduction of government does not prevent this condition.

In fact, all of modern history is replete with examples like the quote above. Corporations are able to generate significantly more influence over the people via government, than they would without it. This is why you never see big corporations lobbying for a free-market system, which if the generally accepted narrative were correct, one would expect them to do just that.

The profit and power that can be obtained by co-opting government is infinitely greater than trying to figure out a way to come up with something better than the Iphone, for instance!

This article contains the opening quote above, but has nothing else to do with my point: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-18/u-s-lawmakers-abandon-anti-piracy-bills-as-google-protests.html

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