This is the perfect story, come on. What are we like? Are we like bugs? No! What are we like?
If it's not the first post, I don't think he's interested....
90% of vegans are severely undernourished
From the Department of Made Up Statistics.
... where 89.623% of statistics in the public domain originate.
Considering a question of closed vs open systems is oversimplifying matters. It is very rare for all parties in any negotiation to have equal power. A big example in the UK at the moment (and for the past 10 years) is supermarkets vs farmers in negotiating the price of milk. Because there are only about 6 major supermarket chains buying from hundreds of dairy farms, the supermarkets have a lot more choice than the farmers, and therefore have all the power in negotiations. Dairy farmers now struggle to make enough money to feed their cows and their families -- it's not just the cows that are being milked.
Without equal power, it is very easy for this sort of situation to arise, and only some kind of union arrangement can redress the balance. "Closed shop" unionism isn't the answer, because that is just another form of monopoly. However, abolishing unions on the grounds of the existence of closed shops is like abolishing banks on the grounds of the existence of Lehman Brothers.
This is exactly what free market means. This isn't a problem.
What I've never understood about those who declare that anything that arises from a free market is good is this: why isn't unionisation considered a market force? Why is it OK for large businesses to consolidate to wield ever greater power, but workers are told that acting collectively is "interfering in the market"?
Now their procedures require them to put their own lives above all others, including use of lethal force on the slight chance their lives are in danger (such as the shooting of the kid with the toy gun).
Soliders are heroes. They put themselves in danger.
Except that soldiers use lethal force to protect themselves far more often than the police do. Soldiers in Iraq shot unhappy civilians because they had no way of knowing they weren't suicide bombers... of course they didn't, but that's always the way. Look at the paranoia in Vietnam, and the impunity that soldiers and officers had to shoot any Vietnamese person on the grounds that they might possibly be Viet Minh soldiers (note, Viet "Cong" was an invented label to make them seem scarier and justify shooting them).
When NATO intervened in the Kosovo crisis, we sat back and threw stones over the wall (and hit many wrong targets) because while we had to do something, "our boys'" lives were too valuable to risk on ground assault. Thousands and thousands of civilians die at the hands of our troops because our military values the lives of soldiers over the lives of civilians (see also the difference in sentence between "unjustified killing" by a soldier and "murder" by a civilian).
Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang