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    neroden, Norm in Chicago

    business and corporations especially are ALWAYS willing to pay a full and fair price for everything. /snark

    Business is so used to externalising costs through killing unions, polluting land, sea and air or driving down the supply costs by corrupting politicians and, where necessary, using the military to "slam some pissant country up against the wall to show we're serious" that they don't even recognise it when the rest of us suddenly CAN do the same to them.

    Business has HAD so much for free for so long; that's why we are in the crap now as their ability to extract "free" from you and me is reaching an end, we have no more free to give. So now all we can afford to buy is stuff that is free.

    This would have happened anyway, regardless of the Internet, its just that the net has made the focus on information and the businesses that profited from providing the channels.

    But Airlines are suffering the same problem, so are car makers and hairdressers and IT consultants. Where there are "free" alternatives, we are shifting to them.

    Where the free alternative to taking a holiday in the Bahamas flying West Bumfuck Airlines is staying home, we are doing that and the holiday "industry" is suffering every bit as much.

    As the four horsemen of climate change, economic failure, peak oil and pandemic start laying about them, we are going to learn the hard way the true cost of free.

    Until inauguration day The USA is in the greatest danger it has ever experienced.

    by Deep Dark on Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 12:08:22 PM PST

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