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Objective Developer

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  1. Rather assumes that the public sector workers live within the cities. Which of course they don't.
  2. While I agree with your point about the current RD Gov't we have, it doesn't address the core value or axiom of capitalism - that the profit motive is good. If you start with that as a base belief, then de facto any profit-seeking activity is acceptable in capitalism, including the 'dead peasant' insurance investment vehicle used by some big corporations. re: the bank bailouts. What better use of accrued wealth and power than to enact pressure to protect that wealth and power? If the motive is profit, then banks had no choice but to use any method possible to make more profit (or protect the profit they have already made). This is a fact of capitalism, and that is that. Is it a 'free market'? Well no, obviously not. But I doubt that there is such thing as a 'free market' anyway, and that it is a myth that is peddled to justify a system that demonstrably brings out both the best and worse in people. The best from a scientific development point of view, the worst from a humanistic perspective. It vary rarely delivers on both fronts though.
  3. Of course not. Eventually though, as can be seen, the best in the business organise themselves in such a way as to unfairly restrict the ability of others to make a fair wage. Capitalism leads to corporatism.
  4. Well, kinda. If you consider corporatism bad, and if you accept that corporatism is an inevitable result of capitalism, then you would have to conclude that the profit motive is bad.
  5. I'd address your points in my rely, if only I could understand what you were on about.
  6. More basic than that; the profit motive will always lead to the concentration of power to those with either the skill or luck to do better than their fellow man, and the profit motive will always demand the exertion of that concentrated power to maintain that power. Who knows, maybe government is actually a product of capitalism, set up to give legitimacy to the controlling force and to protect capitalist interests? I mean, who passes the laws that protect land owners and stop people providing for them selves for example?
  7. This whole capitalism / corporatism debate is misdirection - corporatism is an inevitable consequence of capitalism.
  8. Indicative of sentiment yes, a measure of the economy, no.
  9. Just a small point, but don't confuse the value of the FTSE100 with the economy.
  10. Oh my, that place looks amazing. Great find and if you can afford it, then I guess you and you alone should make the decision on when is the right time to buy. Best of luck and hope it makes you happy.
  11. I'm an urban designer. I (try to) ensure developers deliver quality when putting together new projects. They don't, but I try and try again. Oh, and I do this on tax payers money, as part of a darstardly, unaccountable QANGO. So there.
  12. Jesus effin Christ I actually agree with someone on HPC for once! Well done you. Land Value Tax, which like VAT is an ad valorem (on value) tax, hits everyone without taking wealth in to account. But unlike VAT and the things it applies to, land value is created by the community so the benefit of this should go to the community. I'd scrape all tax other than LVT and go from there. Wealth is the union of land and labour - land is the domain of all, labour is yours and yours alone.
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