cassowary wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:36 pm
neverfail wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:56 pm
A strong state is one that has the integrity to discipline the private sector and not allow itself to become the victim of its machinations.
Oh no, Neverfail. You got that backwards as usual. A strong state is more likely to engender corruption. Businessmen are at the mercy of the politicians and have no choice but to bribe them - in order to survive.
By a "strong state" I assume (among other things) a state reasonably free from corruption. If no one powerful in government is willing to accept bribes (regardless of whether it is because the penalties of getting caught are dire or because the crowd in government are men and women of high integrity with the best interests of the nation at heart, I do not care) then nobody will be foolish enough to try and pay them bribes. Furthermore, trying to bribe public officials is a choice (presumably to solicit some service from a public official that this latter should by rights deliver for free as a matter of public duty - as in my and all other advanced countries) and is not something businessmen are compelled to do but a matter of choice by them. I do not know how it is in your corner of the world but down here attempting to bribe a public official is a criminal offence for which you can serve jail time if found guilty.
I stated "a strong state": NOT a repressive state with a regime that operates outside the rule of law (can you tell the difference?) - detrimental to the best interests of private enterprise. Of course in my "strong state" has rule of law that protects the interests of private entrepreneurs like everyone else.
I mean, cassowary: all of the above comes to me as a matter of course and I presume my readers would understand this almost instinctively. But you always seem to jump to the conclusion that a strong state must be the enemy of private enterprise. Why?
I have a kitchen garden in my back yard. I grow fresh herbs and vegetables in it. Before planting I fertilise the soil. During dry spells (which are frequent down here) I use the garden hose to water the growing plants so they do not lack moisture. Periodically, I have to dig weeds out - for weeds consume nutriments and moisture in the soil that the plants need and if weed growth becomes too prodigious then they choke out the vegetable plants and herbs.
By doing all this I "discipline" my garden
to produce fresh vegetables and herbs instead of an overgrowth of noxious weeds.
So when I talk about the state having a duty to "discipline" the private enterprise sector, I mean something akin to that only on a much bigger scale. I mean, I mean - it goes without saying!
The thing that amazes me repeatedly, dear friend, is that I I still have to spell that out to you as if to a child in kindergarten.
You are, after all, supposed to have had the benefit of a Western higher education.