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Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 179

by Opportunist (#47943015) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

I'm advocating social peace.

Sorry, I don't believe in compassion and charity. Never worked, never will. Aside of stripping needy people of their last remaining dignity, it's also something you simply cannot rely on once time get rougher, i.e. exactly when those in need feel it the most.

That the supply side can fix problems is a myth. Sorry. It cannot. Mostly because there is no incentive. The economy is in the slumps because the demand is missing. And that in turn is something you can only fix if people HAVE TO spend when the economy would make it more appealing to refrain from doing so, i.e. exactly when the economy would need you to spend to keep it running.

Now, whether people spend money depends mostly on two factors: First, whether they want to. And second, whether they have the means to. You might notice that the economy actually kept going for a while even after the steam was off. That's because people still had money to spend. The recession came when this was over, when people could no longer spend because they had nothing left.

Our whole economy in the west is very heavily dependent on services. Services otoh are also the first thing people cut back on when money gets tight. What's higher on your priority list: Haircut or food?

There is a very easy reason why countries with traditionally "socialist" systems were hit far less heavily by the recession. Mostly because even poor people still have money to spend.

Comment: Re:There is no "almost impossible" (Score 1) 182

by Opportunist (#47942885) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

It's trivially easy to do that. All it takes is a redefinition of the value of numbers. Or have some fun with subclasses.

I know what you're trying to say, but you're dealing with people here who do math for fun. If anything I dare say that you should have someone coming up with at least five ways to prove you wrong before the sun goes up today over California.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 179

by Opportunist (#47940887) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

The problem is that in a market where supply outmatches demand by a sizable margin, capitalism cannot provide an equilibrium. And workforce is such a market. Supply outmatches demand by at least tenfold. And the usual market instrument of capitalism will not produce a sufficient solution, i.e. the supply simply vanishing because there is no demand.

People refuse to simply vanish because you don't "need" them. They'd probably rather kill you to get your money than die off peacefully.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 179

by Opportunist (#47940865) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Usually such a thing happens when a butt-kiss artist meets a boss who is susceptible to being kissed up. Sadly our system does support such moochers. That has less to do with being sober or being on time, or even with competence. It's just that con artists will always prevail as long as people suffering from inflated levels of stupidity and people able to spend money are not two distinct groups.

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