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May 10, 2009
Very Funny! On a more serious note it depicts the trust which is inherent in our legal and economic systems. Without this trust it's hard to advance key principles like private property, good faith contracts, and having one's word bind an agreement. This comic underscores what happens(ed) when that is absent.
 
 
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May 10, 2009
The strip is amusing, but all it illustrates is that you can't eliminate risk from life. Note that with capitalism (or what passes for it in the U.S., which is a mixture of freedom and government interference), we can still successfully joke about it. Other social systems (socialism, communism, fascism, etc.) generally aren't as humorous.
 
 
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May 10, 2009
This one is so good, I registered only to be able to give it 5 stars!
 
 
May 10, 2009
And thus ended the ideology of deregulation and laissez-faire economics.
 
 
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May 10, 2009
fleem gave us an a aggravating mix of right and wrong (IMO). He seemed a bit ivory tower. His(?) general premise is crucial: "...mankind is NOT generally compassionate. He is generally greedy and power hungry." Boy, that's an understatement! It's what he does with that statement that bothers me. Blaming our problems on socialism and government intervention doesn't cut it with me. It wasn't socialism that made companies fire so many workers that such a large proportion of the population couldn't afford their mortgages. It wasn't socialism that made people participate in a housing bubble. It wasn't socialism that made car companies concentrate on gas guzzlers and then made commodity traders price gas so they were unaffordable. It wasn't socialism that made banks and financial compaies wheel and deal themselves into collapse. It wasn't socialism that made companies send jobs overseas and/or import cheap, no-rights labor. Capitalism brought it all on itself. But the workers are the ones to suffer. Look at those foreign countries that are socialist in name but are de facto capitalist. The majority of their populations live in poverty. But would real socialism save us and them? No, I can't argue with what fleem describes when socialism is implemented. Things fall apart. Workers are exploited under both capitalism and socialism. Maybe the basic fact is that on a planet with such a gigantic worker surplus, the great majority will always live in poverty, no matter what the economic system. Maybe Malthus was right....
 
 
 
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