Originally Posted by djsherly
That comment strikes me a little conspiracy theorist.
I guess you can ignore everything I have to say, then. After all, I can't explain how the Federal Reserve came into being otherwise. Can you?
Problem is, if you don't believe you have a say and that you're a debt-slave, what can you do about it? Better take the blue pill djsherly, I don't think you're ready for the real world.
I would say to you that there are not, on the whole 'special interests' in the tenor you put it. I would say they are 'particular' interests, and they are not merely economic. Social and Environmental agendas, for instance. If we had no government, would the 'private' (and only) sector you submit is superior result in World Heritage areas, for instance? Humans will strip mine to the core if there was money it.
I'm not stupid enough to suggest that vested interest play a significant role in the scheme of things but to suggest that is the genesis of regulation is another thing entirely.
This will have to be an agree to disagree thing, I'm afraid.
Strip mining occurs now either on public land (where they have no interest in its future value) or where the mining companies are politically connected and untouchable. You don't have to agree with me on this one, merely the facts. UNESCO may sound like a benevolent group, but all they're doing is placing federal land in UN-hands and further outside the control of you or I.
As for special interests, those are the ONLY interests at pay in politics (except for rhetoric). Yes, the Sierra Club and other useful idiots do hire lobbyists and help force bullshit down our throats like E85 tax subsidies for huge SUVs. Just because it's a wrong-headed environmental agenda doesn't mean it isn't a special interest. I guarantee you no subsidy for car companies would have passed a general referendum.