I mean, I do reserve the right to be offended, and deal with it the adult way. Like switch the channel, leave premises or not go to a show. Or not, if I'm enjoying at being offended...
From what I'm reading here, Finland's economy is tanking, necessitating these cuts...
Not really, Finland's economy is tanking because we're in the Eurozone, because our exporters decided to compete by cutting costs instead of raising quality, but mainly because of five years of continuous shrinking of national economy due to these cuts.
Just yesterday our minister of finance said that it was not a choice by necessity but by political ideology. The Finnish government is basically doing to Finland what EU did to Greece. I don't know what we did to earn such hatred from them, though.
Of course, theoretically, 'competition' in 'markets' should stamp this out.
That theory also talks about "informed actors". That is, consumers being able to get all the information -- a world without trade secrets...
So Francis Walsingham, SOE, MI5/6 managed to keep UK safe without massive, intrusive intelligence gathering, even though they faced actual, serious enemies of the crown, but GCHQ can do it's job without spying on everyone when the biggest threats to UK are political (and seemingly unlikely to happen, like Scottish independence or humane EU) or economic (neo-liberals running IMF, ECB and Eurogroup).
Besides, to defend yourself, you don't need that much secret information, you can get most intelligence about attitudes and aspirations trough normal channels. It's when you're about to do aggressive, undemocratic or clandestine stuff yourself, like build an empire, when you need secret and actionable information to impose your will on other people.
There's nothing more moral or good business about razor thin margins.
Nope, but they mean that the "free markets" work... anything other than razor thin margins signal that there's a disturbance in the market -- either actors don't have all the information they need, or something is preventing competition -- that allows for profit to emrge. Which is one way to say that good business is all about preventing the free markets from working!
The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.