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Ken Burch

(50,254 posts)
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 04:37 AM Mar 2015

If you could take one part of the economy out of the hands of "the market", what would it be?

Explain your choice in the thread. Also explain what form of control you would put that part of the economy under.

If you wouldn't be able to limit it to just one, elaborate on why.

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Decision-making in the workplace
0 (0%)
the financial system
0 (0%)
the healthcare system
5 (83%)
the educational system
0 (0%)
1 (17%)
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If you could take one part of the economy out of the hands of "the market", what would it be? (Original Post) Ken Burch Mar 2015 OP
campaign financing and lobbying Douglas Carpenter Mar 2015 #1
That ^^^^^, too! Stardust Mar 2015 #2
+1000000 woo me with science Mar 2015 #12
I voted for health care. lovemydog Mar 2015 #3
Voted for education Euphoria Mar 2015 #4
It's good that you put "the market" in quotes rogerashton Mar 2015 #5
All of them, plus... 99Forever Mar 2015 #6
I went with finance Erich Bloodaxe BSN Mar 2015 #7
CEO salaries. randome Mar 2015 #8
Other: All necessary infrastructure. LWolf Mar 2015 #9
And index it all to inflation. randome Mar 2015 #11
Yep. nt LWolf Mar 2015 #13
Eeyup. This is the correct answer. hifiguy Mar 2015 #16
I voted for the 'healthcare system.' We are a wealthy enough society now that universal KingCharlemagne Mar 2015 #10
If you have three Colas, and you drink one Cola, what are you left with? Refreshment! Electric Monk Mar 2015 #14
Probably best de-privatize and de-corporatize the government first TheKentuckian Mar 2015 #15


(11,833 posts)
3. I voted for health care.
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 05:51 AM
Mar 2015

By that I mean both medical services and insurance. My second choice is energy-related industries. I don't think either should be for-profit. Especially since in our country they make obscene profits without lowering their prices and still try to avoid paying taxes, let alone their fair share.


(448 posts)
4. Voted for education
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 07:11 AM
Mar 2015

Private profit is at the heart of the expensive, oppressive, fear-inducing standardized testing which directly attacks the primary aim of enlightened education. These tests do not test learning; they test compliance as it is impossible to provide educated (meaning knowledge-based) responses.
Privately-owned profit-geared testing intends to foster a sense of failure, for administrators, teachers, students and parents, because most (if not all) the purchased testing regimes, under the guise of rigor, impose their built-in impossibility of success through use of age-inappropriate, due to development and abilities, content and presentation, and are purposely convoluted, meaning confusing and badly written.
As these rounds of top-down imposed standardization of testing is the means to benefit the status-quo or those in charge of top-down controls, the first step was to attack teachers, teacher unions and create the myth of "bad" parenting especially exemplified by those who are economically disadvantaged.
No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top are a disaster for the children and for the raising of an active, informed and independent-thinking citizenry.


(3,920 posts)
5. It's good that you put "the market" in quotes
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 07:54 AM
Mar 2015

Since what is called "the free market" is pretty much a myth. But I voted for health care because that is a relatively clear case, and we need a single-payer, "socialized medicine" system, not one that (like Romneycare) tries to bribe agents in "the free market" to meet health needs efficiently.

Erich Bloodaxe BSN

(14,733 posts)
7. I went with finance
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 09:40 AM
Mar 2015

because it's the tool the plutocrats use to keep the rest of us in poverty, and force us to cough up public money to bail them out where they screw up their casino. Without laws that are designed to maintain most of us in poverty, we could afford much better healthcare anyway.



(34,845 posts)
8. CEO salaries.
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 09:54 AM
Mar 2015

I think that would have a ripple effect throughout society.
[hr][font color="blue"][center]Treat your body like a machine. Your mind like a castle.[/center][/font][hr]


(46,179 posts)
9. Other: All necessary infrastructure.
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:44 AM
Mar 2015

Health care, education, utilities, roads, law enforcement, fire protection, prison system, election system, elected officials...



(34,845 posts)
11. And index it all to inflation.
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 11:19 AM
Mar 2015

[hr][font color="blue"][center]A ton of bricks, a ton of feathers, it's still gonna hurt.[/center][/font][hr]



(7,908 posts)
10. I voted for the 'healthcare system.' We are a wealthy enough society now that universal
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:50 AM
Mar 2015

healthcare should be a right of citizenship\permanent residency, just as universal elementary and secondary education is. The only way to ensure that 'universality' is to 'socialize' it, i.e., make doctors and other health-care providers government employees and nationalize the physical healthcare infrastructure, i.e., hospitals and clinics.

Not sure about the pharmaceutical industry.

I'm a Democratic Socialist so favor nationalization of the means of production long-term. But am assuming this question only allowed us to pick one and only one option from those presented.


Electric Monk

(13,869 posts)
14. If you have three Colas, and you drink one Cola, what are you left with? Refreshment!
Sun Mar 8, 2015, 02:48 PM
Mar 2015

I'd vote for both healthcare and education, but since healthcare is (as I write this) the runaway winner, I voted for education.

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