Elizabeth Warren calls for tech giant breakup, with Apple in the cross-hairs

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  • Reply 101 of 104
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,094member
    asdasd said:
    I’ve played Monopoly before and once one player owns Boardwalk, Park Place and all the railroads and utilities, all the other players are screwed.
    The part you didn’t get out of the game: Monopolies don’t exist in free market capitalist systems, they can only exist with the force of regulation which prevents competition.
    Of course they do. Happens all the time. Google is an example. 
    Google is absolutely not a monopoly. If one chooses to only use Google, that’s the fault of the individual.

    Evidence: http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/search-engines
    edited March 11
  • Reply 102 of 104
    mbgold1 said:
    Not an ad hominem attack here, but it’s shocking and disturbing how quickly Democrats have adopted the language and policies of Marxism. I foresee a civil war if a politician the likes of Bernie Sanders or worse is elected in the future. Even left-leaning progressives like Howard Schultz, Mike Bloomberg and others are alarmed at the radical swing toward socialism.
    Why is it common practice to behave as if we live a purely capitalistic society?  Our nations move toward socialism began with the new deal and hasn't abated since.  If MEDICAID, Medicare and Social Security, SNAP, EITC, certain Farm subsidies, and corporate welfare aren't socialistic programs what is?

    America is already a "Socialist Democracy" and to deny it is delusional!
    Change "socialism" to "fascism" and you'll be more correct.   MEDICAID, Medicare and some of the other programs you mentioned are, in fact, socialist, as is the VA, i.e. they are wholly owned and operated by the government.  But increasingly over the last century or more, the government has been eschewing actually ownership and instead legislating to the private owners of production what they must, may, or may not sell, what services they must provide, what they may charge for certain things, what they must pay for certain things, all while not owning those things.  Those are hallmarks of fascism, not socialism.
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 103 of 104
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,094member
    mbgold1 said:
    Not an ad hominem attack here, but it’s shocking and disturbing how quickly Democrats have adopted the language and policies of Marxism. I foresee a civil war if a politician the likes of Bernie Sanders or worse is elected in the future. Even left-leaning progressives like Howard Schultz, Mike Bloomberg and others are alarmed at the radical swing toward socialism.
    Why is it common practice to behave as if we live a purely capitalistic society?  Our nations move toward socialism began with the new deal and hasn't abated since.  If MEDICAID, Medicare and Social Security, SNAP, EITC, certain Farm subsidies, and corporate welfare aren't socialistic programs what is?

    America is already a "Socialist Democracy" and to deny it is delusional!
    Change "socialism" to "fascism" and you'll be more correct.   MEDICAID, Medicare and some of the other programs you mentioned are, in fact, socialist, as is the VA, i.e. they are wholly owned and operated by the government.  But increasingly over the last century or more, the government has been eschewing actually ownership and instead legislating to the private owners of production what they must, may, or may not sell, what services they must provide, what they may charge for certain things, what they must pay for certain things, all while not owning those things.  Those are hallmarks of fascism, not socialism.
    Well said. The most problematic monopolies in the US are all connected to government: The IRS, the Federal Reserve, the FDA, the Congress(!)...
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