Thursday, February 07, 2008
I have just enough time this morning to direct your attention to two particularly worthwhile posts by my fellow Objectivist bloggers.
First, Galileo comments on the unconscionable response of Google to Microsoft's bid to acquire Yahoo, drawing the perfect parallel in closing.
... Google's actions, in their essence, are no different than a Mafia chieftain who hires a street gang to tear up and destroy businesses that refuse to pay him protection money.Not only is this wrong, and not only could Google easily demolish this new combination on merit, but the company could probably just sit back and enjoy watching Microsoft destroy its own investment (which, I think is much of its cash reserves). Anybody remember Hotmail?
This is not capitalism; this is hooliganism.
Yeah. I used to use it, too.
And then Stella unearths a quote from a Dutch government official which succinctly reveals the folly of entrusting one's health to the state:
Nobody, including Pieter van Baal (quoted in the article as saying "We are not recommending that governments stop trying to prevent obesity") wants to say it out loud, but these findings beg the question: Wouldn't it be cheaper if we all died young, before the expense of being old comes on? Wouldn't it be better for government bureaucrats if everyone lived long enough to pay plenty of income taxes, but not long enough to impose the costs of their age-related illnesses? Perhaps instead of banning trans fats and slapping warning labels on cigarettes, the government should be handing out free tobacco and chocolate cake. [bold added]This almost succeeds in making a recent proposal (via HBL) -- by lawmakers in my home state to force restaurants not to serve the "obese" (which said proposal never defines) -- sound benevolent. Almost.
Except that in the first case, the man pointing the gun to your head is talking about how much "cheaper" things would be if you weren't around, while in the second, he's promising you a long life -- as a slave.
2-10-08: Corrected nationality of government official.