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Comment: Re:Full blooded American here (Score 1) 638

by Pfhorrest (#49178665) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Regarding damaging relationships...

Say some woman comes on to me in a bar, and comes back to my place an we sleep together. Afterward, I learn that she is married, and I tell her husband, out of concern for him. The husband is rightfully upset, and all of their friends hear about her actions, and a bunch of relationships are damaged.

Who damaged those relationships? The cheater, who betrayed her husband's trust and is rightly reviled for that in the eyes of her friends; or me, who unwittingly facilitated it and then informed the betrayed party at the earliest convenience?

Comment: Re:fees (Score 1, Insightful) 389

by Pfhorrest (#49154907) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

It is a big fucking deal because there are long running threads of economic thought which oppose capitalism yet support free markets, and to conflate the two (and equivalently to conflate socialism with a command economy) creates a false dichotomy between capitalist free markets and statist socialism, ignoring and erasing the possibilities of non-capitalist free markets and non-statist socialism.

Comment: Re:fees (Score 4, Interesting) 389

by Pfhorrest (#49152335) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

Adam Smith wrote about free markets. Capitalism is something above and beyond a free market, first written about by Marx, who argued it was an inevitable consequence of free market and used that to criticize free markets.

When you conflate free markets with capitalism you're buying into a little bit of Marxist ideology.

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