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.
Aside from being one of my favorite films, A Clockwork Orange is a lesson on society, management of society, and freedom. The book, more than the film, drives this home. The film, however, does outline some important aspects of choice and what happens when you reduce or limit the choices available to society and/or the individual.
Alex DeLarge suggests the man who chooses to be bad may be better than the one forced to be good, since at least a choice was made. This concept completely underlines my opposition to Socialism - because most people will choose to be good, while very few choose to be bad, if left to their own devices. In fact, the free market literally relies on good behavior, or it would fail on the whole. Without trust, the market is useless. The net result of the incentives provided by choice is increased productivity and value for all humanity. Alex lived in a Socialist world....and in being forced to be good, willingly chose to be evil, as it was the only choice he had available in a non-free society.
“By definition, a human being is endowed with free will. He can use this to choose between good and evil. If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange - meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil or (since this is increasingly replacing both) the Almighty State. It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil. The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities. This is what the television news is all about. Unfortunately there is so much original sin in us all that we find evil rather attractive. To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.”~Alex DeLarge
Alex was a creator, a creator of chaos within the order which was forced upon him. He, like most people, loved the process of creation. His form of creation, within the limits of the society he was raised, happened to be highly destructive.
I've never watched the movie and don't intend to. If people want to see the collapse of society featuring thugs, delinquents, rapists, and ultra-violence, just watch the evening news. If people want to see "a lesson on society, management of society, and freedom", they should watch the three Atlas Shrugged movies.
“Oh it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh. The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets three-wise silverflamed, and there by the door the timps rolling through my guts and out again crunched like candy thunder. Oh, it was wonder of wonders. And then, a bird of like rarest spun heavenmetal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now, came the violin solo above all the other strings, and those strings were like a cage of silk round my bed. Then flute and oboe bored, like worms of like platinum, into the thick thick toffee gold and silver. I was in such bliss, my brothers.” — Alex on the glorious Ninth, by Ludwig van
Every market relationship is based on trust.
A producer must create a good or service of desired quality.
A consumer must be willing to pay a reasonable price for that good or service.
If your auto mechanic didn't do a good job, you'd stop going to him.
If your local grocery store was bad, you'd stop shopping there.
The trust is developed between the buyer and the provider. As Adam Smith said "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." But self-interest only goes so far. A baker might bake bread entirely of sawdust....but will that have repeat customers?
While the term "let the buyer beware" is common parlance, the reality is that this term means it is the consumer's job to make sure they are getting what they pay for. The basis of the market is trust - that a contractual arrangement to buy and sell is taking place. Laws which support the buyer's rights aren't an abrogation of the market, but provide an underpinning for this trust.
Caveat emptor, in its purest sense, is applied by producers only in cynical situations or when the most hardcore robber baron is running a company.
It's not in any producers' interest to consistently put out a lousy product and expect consumers to always show up - that would allow a competitor to step in.
That's why government sucks. It doesn't allow a competitor.