Who do we trust?
I do think it’s odd that people distrust markets so much, but irrationally trust Government more.
Corporations can’t cause a war, only Governments can. Corporations can’t cart people off to internment camps, only Governments can. Corporations can’t force you to buy certain products, only Government can try that.
So why do people trust Government, when in fact, the politicians are the very same heads of corporations or beholden to those corporations that people distrust so much? Why the rose colored glasses when it comes to Government and not Markets?
People should understand how government really works rather than some romantic, rose-colored way. The rose-colored way is the dominant way government is viewed. Is that true? Most people have a very low opinion of Congress, of politicians: lying scoundrels. People blame the individual: Let’s vote the scoundrels out. Congress selects for a certain type of person, as most occupations do. The problem, chief problem, isn’t with the nature of the particular people in office. It’s with the incentives voters face in electing them and the incentives the politicians face when in office. Voters focus on personalities.
I’ve said this before, but I think there is something in our genetic makeup that makes Humans want to have something or someone in charge. The idea of decentralization is a scary concept for most people and the subject to far too many straw men. It’s the job of a politician to make people feel safe in some sort of way, which is why voters focus more on personalities than anything else. Obama anyone?
Really the question ultimately comes down to, who do we trust? We know both Government and Corporations are in the business of screwing the public, I think the best course of action is to go with the decentralized one, Markets. Not all corporations are out to screw everyone. They can’t force people to buy their products. Only the Government can force people against their will.