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  •  It's way simpler... (0+ / 0-)

    Atlas Shrugged is a work of fiction. When you create a fictional world, you can make everything work out, just like magic. Any messy details can be ignored...

    Such is the case with all utopian visions...

    I flirted with Libertarianism back in my 20s (20 years ago). It sounded so pure and perfect. But, as I got older and learned more about the real world, I realized that things aren't so simple. People are complex, and our world? even more so.

    The fact that our standard of living and standing in the world has grown as the scope of our government has grown is not a coincidence. Our government is not perfect, but in a democracy, our government is "us", and we are not perfect either. The best we can do is to keep trying to get better.

    Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

    by walk2live on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:45:47 AM PST

    •  You seem to be living in the 1930's (0+ / 0-)

      Labor, and Americans who comprise it, started losing their bargaining power decades ago.

      We don't live in a closed system like we did back in the 50's.  Back then, corporations had no choice.  There was nowhere else to go for labor.  American labor, when properly organized could call the shots.

      But, guess what?  The world woke up.  It woke up from the devastation of WW II.  Japan turned away from war and began manufacturing - and Japanese workers began competing with American workers.  Europe rebuilt from the ground up, putting in social protections for their workforces and also began competing with American workers.

      The time for the federal government to stop any of this was 40 years ago.  That cat is out of the bag.  What is it exactly that you think the American worker can ask the government to do?

      There is nothing.  Americans can affect the marketplace with boycotts, etc..  A "Buy American" campaign might be effective.  But, asking the government to somehow sail in and make things "right"?  Stand up for the American worker? Ha.  Corporations will simply leave our shores for more friendly venues.

      You seem as much out of touch and living in the past as those goofy Galt worshippers.  Sorry.  Someone needed to say it.

    •  Sorry. Not a comment to you. should have been a (0+ / 0-)

      general comment to the diarist.

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