What can I say Giambattista, I am a happy guy and laugh easily. :)
bravo on the bp thread Joe
I have stated something on the BP thread that you just must read.
quit laughing already
I answerd your question on "So Now That We Understand...."
India is not a capitalist country. Furthermore, you are right that we need restraints........but these are simple restraints: don't kill, don't steal. What do they have to do with capitalism? I never said you ought to be able to murder others, anyway.
Numbers and statistics are important in observation and understanding but they do not replace principal or liberties or anything else. The Germany that you referenced trampled all over individual liberties and little things like principal. And that is not a step I am willing to take. I am a veteran and a patriot.
If you think laissez-fare works well, I sugget you visit places like India. Capitalism is a great tool for production. But in the end it is only a tool. And it must be used like any other tool, with skill and grace it can build many wonderful things. But used incorrectly or abusively it can be a devistating tool of destruction and chaos.
I have been and remain a student of business and finance. I have degrees in same and I make my living as a businessman. Despite all of the laisssez-fare nostalgia there were and are many issues with liassez-fare. And that is why there are few if any laissez-fare advocates on the world stage today.
As for principal and values, I think I am principaled to the core. That is one of my major beefs with the modern Republican Party. When the shrubs took over the Republican Party, little things like morals and values became things to pay lip service too instead of living.
I will agree with you that liberty is important. But as long as we live together there must be limits or boundaries that constrain personal liberties...else my liberties might interfere or intrude on yours. Each of us cannot have absolute liberty do as we wish, there must be constraints that allow us to get a long with each other and not live in chaos.
If you really only value numbers and statistics, and don't care much for principle and liberty, then why stop at the Democrats? Fascism sounds like your best friend. Fascist-corporatist policies brought Germany ought of depression, cut the unemployment rate to damn near zero, helped Germany re-arm, and helped to regulate the economy better. See? Fascism-Corporatism works, too. Why aren't you advocating that?
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