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73. Re: GNU Guru: Linux Steam Aug 1, 2012, 08:21 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 22:05:
Draugr wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 20:39:
Cutter wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 19:51:
In a "free-market" system we have corporations. Those corporations are all intent on creating monopolies where possible because that means they get everyone's money for the monopoly they've created. No, America is actually moving more toward an oligarchic and/or plutocratic system where the wealth and power is concentrated by a small group of people - the 1%. This is why you a reduction or outright elimination of competitors and compatible good goods and services.

This needed to be said, thanks. It boggles my mind how the word gets thrown around yet most (seem to be) totally clueless.

Yeah, well, you know the dittoheads. Things tend to break down quickly when they're not parroting the talking points and same old jingoistic bullshit that their corporate masters feed them.

1% is too generous. Someone sitting at 1% is just as vulnerable as anyone else.
And it isn't due to corporations, it's due to taxation. We had corporations in America for 200 years before this began being an issue.
And, truthfully, it isn't an American problem, as it's happening in every country. We're just way ahead of the curve with 8 times as many billionaires as any other country, yet our national wealth isn't 8 times higher. Sadly, most Americans fail to realize that national wealth is a pie, not an river, and if one group has more another has to, by definition, have less. If one group is earning more and more each year everyone else is earning less and less each year. If that second group is sufficiently large enough all the air is sucked out of an economy and it collapses.
 
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