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I read this article in the Economist
last week (subscribers only)
Pro-market, not pro-business
Governments should keep their distance from businesses and their bosses
After detailing abuses around the globe and listing out the various ex-business members of the Bush Administration and the effects (Cheney's Energy Task Force, Snow's pay, 40 of the 200 "pioneers" have jobs in the government, the heads of the Navy and Air Force were recruited from defense firms, etc, etc.) The Economist asks
What is wrong with all this? Surely, now that it is agreed that socialism doesn't work and that direct government ownership is usually disastrous, politicians should work closely with businessmen? After all, they are the ones who know how to make things happen and to create jobs.
They are. But that is what, as far as possible, they should be left to do, in competition with one another and at arm's length from government. The job of a chief executive is to make profits for his company and, no doubt, feather his own nest; it is not to make public policy--especially in his own industry, for that is where his selfish interests will be greatest. Inviting him to advise government, or listening to his views about promoting share options to help his industry, is sure to divert public policy to private ends. This is not the fault of executives or their companies; it is the fault of government.
The whole article is an excellent argument for the proper role of government in a capitalist society. Promote competition, transparency, free-markets, but not specific businesses or business in general at the expense of the markets. This is the problem with the GOP and to some extent, the DLC, but although business can influence government through money, they still don't get a vote. And, if you give even a small amount to candidates you support, and get others to do the same, they won't have much influence with their money either -- this is the lesson of the Dean campaign and the effort to roll back FCC Media Rules, so join in now -- Contribute to Howard Dean through the DeanNation
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