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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

C4SS: Bailouts, Double Standards, and Hypocrisy

My weekly commentary at C4SS: "Bailouts, Double Standards, and Hypocrisy"

3 Comments:

Anonymous P.M.Lawrence said...

That's pretty much OK as it stands. If space had permitted it would have been nice to have had more concrete and specific suggestions as well as oblique generic allusions for what should be (have been) done and pointing out what should not have been done. (This also applies to that post about transitions to an alternative economy.) Perhaps in a follow up article?

January 15, 2009 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Q said...

I gave your recommendation a thumbs up. I also put in my own recommendation to stop regulating unions.

http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/ideas/viewIdea.apexp?id=087800000005Atq

I'm a little suspicious of how much the power elite will actually take any of these proposals seriously, but I guess it can't hurt.

January 17, 2009 12:10 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

PML: I composed the piece mainly for the purposes of the Citizens' Briefing Book site, so I had to keep the recommendations fairly general. As for what should not have been done, I can't imagine anything like the Sloan model of mass production coming about in the 20th century absent the government's corporate transformation of the economy in the 19th. Without the railroad land grants, patents and tariffs, electrical machinery almost certainly IMO would have been adopted on the model of Emilia-Romagna and similar industrial districts.

Andrew Q: Thanks for the support. I liked your proposal, and tried to vote for it, but voting and comments are apparently closed. It's a shame the reaction was mostly negative; the readers are apparently buying into the official myth of the net "progressive" effect of legislation. I wanted to leave a message specifically mentioning all the effects of Taft-Hartley.

January 19, 2009 12:55 PM  

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