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November 06, 2015


Dave Timoney

Of course it's also possible that Collins is simply writing what he gets paid to write, much as Dan Hodges has taken to demanding that civil liberties be curtailed. That the Times venerates the profit-motive is no more surprising than that the Telegraph hankers after repression. The problem with the Blairites has always been the company they kept: they're amplifiers not originators.


Or in short, he is, and always was, just a hack.

Matt Moore

The profit motive is the worst form of incentive, except for all the others that have been tried.

Peter K.

Slightly off topic. Phil Collins created a song "Land of Confusion" which the metal band Disturbed covered. It became a big hit for them.


"According to McFarlane, the music video is "a big view of the corporate world and how it all ties into just one big beast for me... The world is run by one giant thing, which is driven by greed and lust." "Land of Confusion" reached number 1 in the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks; it is Disturbed's first number 1 single on that chart.

The video starts out with the Guy, Disturbed's mascot, falling to earth. It then shows military forces bearing the symbol of dollar sign within a circle of white that is within a field of red, followed by legions of black-clad soldiers reminiscent of Adolf Hitler's Schutzstaffel. The video then shows the Guy, escaping bondage from chains, as the military forces continue to assault cities and civilians. Later on, leaders of various nations of the world (bearing close physical resemblance to the then respective national leaders) are shown sitting at a table with the same dollar sign on it. Eventually the Guy confronts the soldiers, and leads the people in rebellion. Flags of several powerful nations are then shown, with the final flag sporting the dollar sign. The Guy leads the rebels to the United Nations Headquarters where they disrupt a meeting of the U.N. representatives. The Guy then leads the angry mob into a back room where they confront the real power behind the throne, a gigantic, bloated Fat Cat. The mob then drags him to the ground and once immobilised, the Guy destroys the Fat Cat, who explodes into a shower of dollar bills."


I always compare the profit motive to fire. Fire is immensely useful for keeping warm, illumination, cooking food, scaring predators and so on. On the other hand, one does not burn down one's house to boil water for a cup of tea. Humans have spent impressive ingenuity in regulating fire ever since the first hearthstone and on to modern fuel cells. Thanks to this kind of regulation, mankind has done pretty well with fire. We could do just as well with the profit motive.


There's nothing worse than the "deception and trickery" that ensues from the "profit motive" except for the much worse "deception and trickery" you get when you set up government to regulate the "deception and trickery" of its subjects and serfs.

Who will regulate the Regulator Government? Itself? You think they'll leave it to YOU, the private citizen. How the hell do you think that's working out for you NOW?!!

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