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  1. I read the Grauniad article on this and had to double take that I wasn't reading the Daily Mash... Priceless!
  2. If you're in Swavesey and work on the science park, why not use the guided bus? I'm not a huge fan of the fact it became a black hole for taxpayers money, nor the fact that it is pretty useless for getting all the way into Cambridge centre (it joins the Milton Road just after the science park so you sit in solid traffic for the last 2 miles). But for getting from the NW villages to the science park it surely has to be a no brainer... The A14 is a horrendous death trap of a road, and you really only want to be using it if you have no realistic alternative.
  3. Think of the people who buy that house. They'll open the front door, and then... INDIGO! Sorry, I'll get my coat...
  4. +1 Yes, but when the gatekeeper has a vested interest in defending their own ideas, they're generally not very receptive to some young upstart telling them they're wrong. I'd suspect it's a pretty quick way to ensure your contract doesn't get renewed.
  5. Thank you for a sensible reply that at least wants to engage on the issue. I guess the problem with that is called "barriers to entry" - otherwise we'd all be out there running our own banking startups, wouldn't we? Admittedly "barriers to entry" is not something that could happen in a "perfect" capitalist system, however in our perfect capitalist system (in which the state does not regulate or interfere in markets) it would be laughably easy for the established market players to undercut any new startup (even running at a loss for a while) to squash the competition before it started. Bu
  6. Fixed it for you. Seriously, I think you're either being deliberately obtuse or you're the silly man talking crap.
  7. Apologies, I wasn't meaning to sling barbs at you personally, nor to talk past you (although I see how it could be interpreted that way). I had been contrasting yours and Wonderpup's definitions of "free market" and he was the one that replied. My reason for thinking that your non-violent free market is a pipe dream is because history suggests that you either have state violence or where you have an absence of state violence the power void gets rapidly filled by local warlords. History suggests that at least some humans will resort to violence (theft or whatever) to get what they want if (
  8. I entirely agree with the logic of your point. I think Traktion is claiming that people are free to choose violence, but that (in order for his kind of free market to exist) no-one does choose violence because of the immense power of ostracism and how it would be really-really mean of them to be violent to people. So in short his idea of a free market is just a fairy story that can never actually exist in the real world (at least not until he comes up with some viable non-violent mechanism for persuading greedy selfish human beings not to resort to violence). I think Traktion sort of acce
  9. Okay, we've got two conflicting definitions of a free market: (1) Wonderpup's definition of a "free-to-do-whatever-you-want" market which includes violence as a possibility, and so would rapidly have to evolve a set of rules and policy enforcers (or end up as complete anarchy). (2) Traktion's definition of a "non-violent" market in which violence is never chosen as an option (and those that do chose violence are threatened with "we won't want to play with you anymore, and please don't come back and steal our stuff again tomorrow"), but it's okay to coerce a man dying of thirst into handing
  10. Okay, so I think I've finally got your point... By your definintion, a free market society is one in which people are free to choose to use violence/coercion (because there is no threat of violent enforcement of the rules), but unanimously choose not to. Yet free market trades are motivated by people wanting to maximise their personal gain from any given market transaction - for example the trader who forces the man in the desert to sign away all his posessions for a glass of water, which we all fully acknowlegde is a "free market transaction", or the grain farmer who sells his grain for c
  11. Because when it comes down to it, most humans are selfish, greedy sh!ts.
  12. I think the increased productivity correlates with technological advances and western economies pricing themselves out of actually making things more than it does with changes to the politico-economic system. The standard of living for the "man in the street" in Russia has if anything reduced since the end of communism, but the oligarchs are sitting pretty. I'm not sure that there is or ever has been such a thing as 'communism' except in the minds of Telegraph readers. But the organs of state (police, public sector, etc) were still all in place to ensure that the existing rules continue
  13. How many fridges/stereos/PC's/ipods does the average Chinaman own? They produce shedloads of stuff, but most of them don't get much benefit from their productivity. Not because it's stolen by the state, but because the labour market places such a low value on human labour when there are another billion people in the queue for your job. Of course in their infinite wisdom, the free marketeers would obviously point out that the chinese peasant farmer can always just set up his own rival to Apple any time he fancies... As I said previously, communism is NOT the solution, but nor is capitalism
  14. I think my problem is that the "leave everyone alone..." etc argument is basically a free market. And as you'll no doubt have surmised, my objection to the free market being left alone to sort itself out is that market economics* is precisely what has delivered us to our current position where the gap between rich and poor continues to grow unchecked. (*admittedly with some state intervention - but only really to try and limit the worst excesses of what the market would deliver us...) You have only to look at the salaries of FTSE100 CEO's to realise that when market economics is left untame
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