We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'd say that capitalism is the sole reason a city like New York can be supplied...
Were the government to try to "regulate" the food supply, mass starvation would inevitably result.
Of course emperor Bloomburg would love to see that, as part of his "anti-obesity campaign", as long as the dead are not people likely to vote for him.
I attended a Complexity in Business Seminar in 1994 which was run by the Santa Fe Institute. I had first read about the Santa Fe Institute the year before when I'd read James Gleick's book "Chaos", and I was intrigued to learn more.
It was, without a doubt, the single most enlightening conference I'd ever attended. Not a single person from my industry there but me, and I was able to learn so much from many of the people who were there from other industries.
Including John Holland, who was one of the main speakers, talking about genes and the complexity of networking.
I am amazed, after all these years and the number of great works the Santa Fe Institute have influenced, that they get almost no mention at all and continue to fly under the radar.