Saturday, December 03, 2005

When all is privately owned

There is this argument that says that you can have all the free speech you want, but that you will be protected only against what the government could do. The typical example is that badmouthing your employer in public will get you fired. Let's extend this line of thinking and see what happens.

So... what will happen when all universities are private? You say something that is not in the interest of profit, and then you cannot teach? Or inconvenient stuff gets censored from the library? Or you cannot study at all? Or you are even punished with community service, expelled, arrested or prosecuted?

So... what will happen when all types of health care are private? You say something that is not in the interest of profit and you sign your death sentence? No transplants for you? No hospitals, no doctors, no anything?

So... what will happen when all types of law enforcement and military are either private or directed by private interests?

Really?

In other words, if you don't have money, shut up and be thankful that you have a chance of being a slave. And you better comply because if not the people with money have the tasers, the microwave blasting humvees, and who knows what else waiting for you.

The authority in this argument is given by money. How can we claim we have any sort of freedom when this kind of thinking goes unchecked?

When we go ahead and simply equate "poor people" with "bottom of cost benefit analysis curve", and "rich people having too much of a power trip" with "the masters of the Universe", I truly believe we really suck.

"A science is said to be useful if its development tends to accentuate the existing inequalities in the distribution of wealth, or more directly promotes the destruction of human life." --- Godfrey Harold Hardy

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your argument assumes there is either only one private owner, or a vast conspiracy among private owners. Why should one business turn down sales from a customer simply because some other business does? As a businessman, I'd be happy to see my competition turning down customers as I would welcome their business.

Andres said...

We're going towards a single or very few private owners by means of acquisitions and globalization. Then, you have to consider arrangements such as RIAA and MPAA.

In either case, you get a monopoly or "oligopoly" and then you can turn customers away as a way to punish behavior contrary to your interests.

Anonymous said...

En la ópera de Kurt Weill, Ascenso y caída de la ciudad..... se dice que "el peor pecado del hombre es no tener dinero".janwa