where does this pseudoreligious belief, in defiance of all economic history and simple logic and reason come from that an unregulated marketplace is somehow more fair?
From the loads and loads of money spent on advancing this idea by the very people it would benefit?
There is a very large propaganda network whose purpose is to push the idea that letting the very rich do whatever they want will somehow make things better for everyone, and it has been set up over the course of decades. From think tanks, to cable television networks, to buying off professor positions to push right-wing economic theory, and more stuff that I can't think of at the moment (let alone more I don't know about at all), tons of cash has been spent to make this idea seem far less insane than it actually is.
As a police friend of mine says, if you're going to commit a crime, do it just once and make it worthwhile.
A police officer not only encouraging crime, but encouraging BIG crime. Fantastic.
It's always been a mystery to me how an organization that is so clearly a cult managed to get status in the United States as a legitimate religion.
They infiltrated the IRS and waged a campaign of terror against them until they gave them their tax-free status.
But what makes you think you'd get anything other than a carefully sanitized political answer?
I seriously doubt the question would even make it to him - I'm sure he has people screening them.
Why on earth do you think they leave the countryside by tens of millions to come and work in factories in the cities?
Because the Chinese government builds a dam that floods their lands, and forcibly relocates them?
The Google brand is worth something to both Google and its users. I think any Google-like operation "in the hands fo the Chinese" would struggle to build that kind of trust with its users. How comfortable would people be sending private emails to email@example.com or watching videos on china-is-watching-you-youtube.cn?
The Chinese government can certainly have a hand in making their alternative look better to the Chinese citizenry, or at least make Google look much worse. What if all searches on Google got absurdly slow due to an artificial delay introduced by the Great Firewall? Or had a lot of its hits stripped out to the point where it's almost useless?
And those are just the two possibilities that I thought of off the top of my head.
And the only way you can separate a wealthy person from their wealth is when there is the promise of more wealth (e.g., the entire 1990s).
Well, there are other ways, but most of them are illegal.
Women know what they want - a stable partner to help look after their kids.
Actually women want two things - a stable partner to protect and provide for her and her kids, and the best genetic material to make those kids. These two things do not necessarily have to come from the same man.
"Being against torture ought to be sort of a multipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer, as amended by Jeff Daiell, a Libertarian