Free Markets & No Regulation—Yippee! {Video}

Via on Jun 4, 2012

Did somebody say regulation? Who needs it?

Let’s allow all industry to pollute like crazy so we’ll have no clean air or water. Pishaw.

Oh, and that whole democracy thing? Whatever!

Pulitzer Prize-winning Mark Fiore has been Called “the undisputed guru of the form,” by the Wall Street Journal and his work has appeared everywhere from CNN to Al Jazeera to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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5 Responses to “Free Markets & No Regulation—Yippee! {Video}”

  1. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Free markets and deregulation are the OPPOSITE of Wall Street-government collusion, and the opposite of bailouts for failed auto corps. and financial institutions. However, early 20th c. progressivism still dominates mainstream intellectualism so people can get away with contradiction-laden videos like this.

    And democracy? Not all it’s cracked up to be. The video is vaguely on the right track in its implication that free marketers are not strong democracy advocates. Democracy and freedom are often in contradiction, and when they are, democracy has to be the lesser god.

    Democracy imprisons millions of mostly minority men in America for victimless crimes, fights foreign wars, maintains the military-industrial complex, and, yes, makes possible Wall Street-Government collusion. When democracy and freedom are in conflict, freedom has to take precedence. Democracy elected fascists in Europe in the 30s and has America on the same track now. The video misses the mark by miles.

    • Mark Ledbetter says:

      PS, democracy also gives us govt-regulated marriage, another big topic these days. You can’t get married unless the democratic majority says you can, and that’s an iffy proposition for lots of people nowadays, isn’t it?

      • Lizzi Schmitz says:

        Regulations, like anything else, have their upside and downside. They need to be more efficient, cost-effective and continue to protect the constituents.Things like clean air/water, drug safety… these make sense or, let's face it, industry would have already killed the human population. Regulation is needed, but should be overhauled. And not interfere with our rights. Over a trillion dollars a year is spent in regulations.

        • Bud Wilson Bud Wilson says:

          Lynn, This is an important conversation that our society must embrace.

          Of course, time races on and I'm 2 weeks behind in noticing your article! :) I'm saddened that less than 200 Elephant Readers, or anyone else for that matter, actually clicked on your posting.

          Our culture is ripe for a rigorous inquiry into how our "system" of governance and business enterprises actually operate. Mark Ledbetter introduces an interesting distinction, however, it is a thinly disguised defense of "Free Markets" and a skillful dismissal of progressive ideals. My guess is that Mark is a tried and true advocate for un-fettered freedom, the ultimate bastion of Libertarian principles. Those who advocate for the supremacy of the triumphant individual love to point out contradictions in any arguments that attack their ideology…don't we all?

          RE: Democracy – I love the quote: "we deserve the government we allow".

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