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Comment: Re:There are no free markets (Score 1) 551

by yuberries (#34663628) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Regulation won't lower prices... ever. Forget about it. The companies would rather fold, move, or push the costs through some other means. No one is going to be a slave and work at a definite loss on their own free will. If the government says "you can't sell X above Y price", people who aren't selling it below Y will be compelled to STOP SELLING, more than marginally lower their prices below Y (and if they do it, they will offset it on quality, other costs, paychecks, whatever)

Interventionism always fails, in the end.

Comment: Re:Sorry people... (Score 1) 551

by yuberries (#34663606) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Uh, who owns the public garden?
My answer is very long-winded so... I won't even bother explaining what I and/or libertarians in general think about government giving or lending the "public garden" to big business. But it's not support, I'll tell you that, and, therefore it can't be something that they rely on libertarians for getting support from.

The idea of getting support from an extremist, minority group, for the ends of political advancement is kind of silly, too. but okay.

Comment: Re:Capitalism 102 (Score 1) 551

by yuberries (#34663524) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Okay. I'm sorry then that I was at least explicitly wrong in my assessment. But implicitly, the government does own the infrastructure, even if not explicitly so - if one unauthorized company were to install lines on multiple privately-owned (whoever owns them, I do not know, and I still doubt they're not state owned, but great, regardless) electric posts and roads, then, the government would see to it that they stop doing that. They would initiate force, on behalf of the actual infrastructure owner (or perhaps against it, if it was both the startup telco installing the lines AND the infrastructure owner), to stop those lines from being installed

That is, at least implicitly, government ownership of the infrastructure. The government can't both be said to not have control over a domain, and have a control over a domain. There has to be at least *some* control there. I would in fact say, consistently, that the government owns everything in that country's arbitrary geographical area, for it has at least some control over everything, and the nominal proprietors ownership is conditional on the acceptance by the part of the state, in other words, as long as the state chooses not to exert the superior right it has over your property.

Sorry for going off a bit. In short, you are probably right in the short end, but I feel I'm still right in the point I wanted to make. It is an implicit ownership of infrastructure by the part of the state, no matter how you word it.

Comment: Re:There are no free markets (Score 1) 551

by yuberries (#34663488) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Your use of barriers of entry is incompatible to mine, and I have to say that your use is meaningless - it is reduced to capital. Every business requires capital, so your contempt is with every business and every property owner on earth that has more than what you consider "too high" of a "barrier of entry". How high is too high? $100,000? $1,000,000? One billion? Ten billion? Would you then be in favor of breaking every business which has assets summed to be higher than your stipulated number? This is completely arbitrary and not at all focused on giving the customer (and the economy) what it demands, but merely changing the market to your preconceived notions of what is fair or efficient.

The market is value free, and what you consider efficient can only be proven efficient when people by it. The idea that a single entity can figure out the most efficient means of achieving x without going through that test is discredited, socialist, utopia. You need the minds of at least thousands, freely assembling individuals to achieve even the slightest fraction of what the market has already done for the world.

And for the regional advantage, well, good for that region's consumers - they have attracted an entrepreneur to dump products or services in it, for lower prices than they would otherwise get. I think that's a great thing, thought I understand why interventionists, in their uniform thinking, might think that's bad.

Comment: Re:There are no free markets (Score 1) 551

by yuberries (#34663424) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

You mean, they maintain low prices at a loss, only until other businesses go bankrupt, then raise them higher than it would otherwise be?
If I were mean, I could ask you to cite a real life example of this (there are none), but I'll just say that, when they rise it back up, it leaves open a profit, ROI window for other entrepreneurs to come in. The monopoly would also suffer from popularity for using that strategy so it's not good PR either. Why would you 'gouge' and risk losing everything, as the leader of a market, when you can just carry along and earn a living doing what you do?

The answer to that dilemma of course is using government to raise barriers of entry (there is little to no repercussions and the cost is low), or use government to make you a de-facto monopoly (or a cartel with a few other buddies)

Comment: Re:See California, and the recall election. (Score 1) 551

by yuberries (#34663382) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

I don't know how much it would cost, but that's what entrepreneurs do, better than bureaucrats. They analyze if an investment is worth by the evaluated return on investment, by how much, how much time it would take, what sorts of advantages they have over the leading company, etc. True economical progress can only be made that way, not with bureaucrats and econometricians sitting in a white building thinking they know how to provide to the population better than the thousands of entrepreneurs that are spread all over.

In sum, yes, capital is hard to accumulate; no, it doesn't mean that therefore you can know how to best use other's capital.

Comment: Re:There are no free markets (Score 1) 551

by yuberries (#34663264) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Certainly the first to build it has an advantage, but that goes for everything: first to invent, first to write, first to sell, first to buy, etc. etc.
That's not a valid criticism against monopolies, and besides, so what? What are you going to do, create regulation against first-movers? I mean... I understand what you're saying but it's a bit pointless in the scope of getting the customer what he wants. A road to the bottom IS actually what raises standards ofliving. We wouldn't be quite well off if we hadn't had a road to the bottom on food, phones, electricity, metals, gas, plastic junk, big macs, gay strippers, silicon, etc. etc.

I actually cherish first-movers, because without them, there would rather be no service provided at all! But interventionists don't think like that, do they... they can only criticize the market after it has been formed after all; else there would be nothing to intervene with.

I'm sure you know all that though because unlike others, you at least know what Austrian Economics is

Comment: Re:There are no free markets (Score 1) 551

by yuberries (#34663164) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

What kind of entrepeneur has or could obtain the money required to build a large-scale electricity distribution system in competition with an established player?

The same kind which built the first one

Especially an established player can use its status to guarantee that the competitor can't make a profit - by undercutting as long as necessary.

If no one else can make a profit, then the price is already low by the market standard. It may not be low enogh to your econometrical standards, or pterry graphs, but that has no bearing on reality, and is more accurately called an instance of the Nirvana Fallacy.

Comment: Re:Deregulating a bad idea for essential services (Score 1) 551

by yuberries (#34663124) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid
Yes, I'm not an empiricist, and I won't be debating specifics, to your and mine delight.
I aim only to break the fallacious comments and cast doubt on the touted status-quo theories - that monopolies always arise; that monopolies are always bad; etc.

Standard Oil did not become a monopoly and was in decline on it's market shares before the anti-trust folks kicked in. It is impossible for one company, one that does not have a competitive advantage over the entire country, to successfully out-compete every localized business, businesses that can better assess a locality's demand. It would only be possible with government; and it is my belief (however unsubstantiated) that the big oil cartel of today is only menacing in its use of state power; it is otherwise very efficient for us to be buying cheap oil, and so was Standard Oil in its time - decreasing the price of kerosene many times a decade.

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