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.
One of the deadliest threats with which government has ever had to contend, over the entire pageant of human history, was the immense wealth and mass affluence generated by the industrial revolution. The usual metrics point to the exponential growth of goods and services from 1750 until 1914 if not 1929.
Exponential growth of what we call the private or the “real” sector of the economy—everything that is not government—means that government also has to grow exponentially in order even to be detectable. Moreover, one can ask: if exponential real-sector growth occurs over the long run, what possible need could civilization have for government?
"...if exponential real-sector growth occurs over the long run, what possible need could civilization have for government?"
We don't really need government, except to provide secure property rights and to mediate contracts without violence for all. As government has abandoned theses duties, so has its legitimacy been undermined.
The problem is incentives. Providing a fair and level playing field isn't very profitable for politicians. Their power and money comes from skewing government.
This was always a fiction of the scientifically challenged and superstitious that was/is effectively used by the snake oil salesmen of the organic food industry. Go into a Whole Foods store and you wil see that most of what they sell will cost you about twice what the same thing costs at a supermarket. It is a scam and always was.
it's worse. The $1 apple in the "health food" store sold as "organic" is a reject from the same batch that sells for $0.50 per kilo in the supermarket, rejected for being wormy, mouldy, or rotten.
It comes from the same orchard, has been treated with the same chemicals, by the same people, as those other apples.
Same with the "organic milk" which comes from the exact same cows as all the other.
But it's put into glass bottles, which are more expensive to make, recycle, and reuse, than the plastic bottles or cartons used for the rest of the batch that goes to the supermarket (the dairy industry actually did studies as to the environmental impact of glass vs. plastic vs. cartons and found the impact of glass to be lowest only if it lasts more than 10 cycles, with the average glass bottle lasting less than that, while per cycle costing quite a bit more.
So now they market glass as "bio" or "organic", charge 2-3 times as much, and still make a higher profit than on cartons. Brilliant marketing, but I'm not falling for it.
It was many years ago that I began tracking all the taxes I pay and the household budget/spending (not being one to "budget" since we don't engage in wild spending). It was then that I realized that we paid as much, or more, in taxes as we spent for housing, food, and clothing and a goodly portion of our transportation. Whether or not transportation costs put us over the taxes paid threshold was a matter of whether or not we were carrying car payments.
Not to mention that the produce at Whole Foods actually has had pesticides applied to it - usually nicotine among other substances. (This is how the fruits and veggies at WF manage to look better and more gorgeous than the produce at regular grocery stores.)
Seriously....truly organic produce should look awful.
what most people who subscribe to the "organic" fantasy due to chemophobia, don't realize is that "no pesticides" means no synthetically created pesticides - plants produce their own kinds of defense mechanisms and products that contain -possibly more dangerous combinations of "natural" chemicals are used to treat organic crops, otherwise the yield would be even lower than it already is. And excessive use of natural based materials is necessary because of constantly growing immunity.
THe GMO crowd is learning this,it took less than a decade for weeds and insects to gain immunity from Round-up due to changes to their genomes by cross pollination (and their solution to this is to make an Agent Orange- ready plant world - because - insanity)
if you research the USDA guidelines on organic standards, you find that the product guidelines are defined by crony capitalism and not necessarily because the products are better for the consumer or the environment. many growers have quit because of the waste, extra work and yields were impacted by guidelines that make no sense until you follow the money trail.
Thanks for the link to the pay gap article. I always point this out to my government and history students. I don't mind fighting for worthy causes. But tilting at windmills that don't need to be fought is just a waste of energy.
I have felt this way since I read Warren Farrell's great book: Why Men Earn More. Fascinating read full of statistics and helpful tips, written by a man who WANTS pay to be equal: