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Why do so many people defend the free market in a case where the free market is not responsible? This is a result of forces that the argument you're making is specifically against.
GE wanted to shut down american ligth bulb plants so they can sell light bulbs with higher prices and higher margins made overseas. GE lobbies in favor of energy savings. Legislature outlaws light bulbs. GE complies with the laws and laughs all the way to the bank.
Are these the competitive forces you're looking for?
Most utilities are not run by the government but by private companies....make any case at all for privatizing them in your view?
Most utilities are regulated. Those that are regulated provider cheaper power than their unregulated counterparts because their prices are based on average cost rather than marginal cost. The states that deregulated their power generation now have higher electric rates. This American belief that unchecked competition automatically produces cheaper products simply isn't true, especially with infrastructure.
Yet occasionally you still get a guy who manages to connect things that can't be and BOOM.
The unfortunate truth is that the best predictor of your academic performance (statistically speaking, so dealing with large numbers and exceptions) is the academic performance your parents. Why? Smart parents are more likely to have smart kids. The converse is also true (as unpalatable as that may be).
The computer will not, cannot make you smarter, just as with books.
like reason, conscience, morality and guilt
People avoid all four of these; none is as important as consequence. That is what is truly missing.