- Dec 7, 2009
I disagree entirely.llyrnion said:Without getting too much into poli-ticks, there's one trait both capitalism and socialism (or communism or whatever-you-call-it-in-your-part-of-the-woods) share: Its specification is quite different from what we've implemented.Farther than stars said:According to capitalists, shouldn't a competitive market be lowering prices? (Irony!) This is solid proof that prices can be rigged in the free market the same as in any market regulated by the government.
- Under socialism, everyone is equal. Except the people in charge. And their families. And their friends. And their friends' friends. Etc...
- Under capitalism, there's equal opportunity for everyone. Except the people in charge. And the corporations with pockets deep enough to buy... er, I mean, sponsor them. Oh, and their families, friends and etcs, too, naturally.
That's why when a small company makes it big, there's a metamorphosis in their behaviour. E.g., they go from, say, "do no evil" to "there's gotta be some amount of necessary evil, because everyone else is doing it". If you search for «apple tax evasion», you'll see a sort of behaviour that's shared by every company big enough to do it.
Getting back on topic - everyone indulges in this price gouging because "everyone else is doing it". The only possible response they'd understand would be if people in ANZ stopped buying games. Since everyone keeps paying, the price must be right, right?
Corporations past a certain size are simply friends at that point. Once they are rich enough they are just automatic friends with politicians. And what kind of friend are you if you will not buy a buddy a $20 million boat for a Tuesday? A terrible one that is what kind.