Judging by your description, I would have to say that both the US healthcare legislation AND the UK DEB are about "greed, corruption, laziness and doing as much harm to society before they get pissed off and revolt".
Only the naive could possibly believe the healthcare legislation is about "compassion and civilization and caring for your fellow man" and only a complete idiot would argue the UK DEB is about that!
"Finally, point 5 would be very interesting. Could you imagine the police coming and turfing you out of a building you've legitimately bought, and putting it back on the market without paying you a penny, simply because you knew it was in a good location and could make some money off of the future sale? Somehow I don't think that's all too likely!"
This point starts to sound similar to the worrying trend over "Eminent Domain" in numerous US cities. OK, perhaps it is not a case of not "paying you a penny", but the rest definitely applies.
In a rather obscure interview (actually with a Swedish-speaking radio station based here in Helsinki, Finland), the interview asked a question from a listener. The question was somewhat "tongue-in-cheek" (the listener question chosen to be asked would win the submitter a signed CD) and was basically "how do you earn a living".
50 Cent gave an interesting reply, saying that as people are not really buying "albums" any more but downloading them, he is instead looking at other sources of income with touring bringing a strong income stream as well as merchandising and some other new areas which he looks to exploit as opportunities arise.
The answer could not have been a better example of how artists are finding new ways to monetize their work in response to changing customer habits.
If this happened in almost any other scenario, the business concerned would realise the bad press something like this would generate and would no doubt back off. It seems the "entertainment" industry have gone so far off-track with good public relations in their pursuit of their "entitlement" with whining and litigation, they simply don't see the disturbing reality of just how unhappy they are making their customers.
I came to read the comments just to see how many of my deluded and naively trusting countrymen would chime up with just this moronic classic.
This is the same distorted thinking I have been hearing for years and which has led to the ubiquitous CCTV cameras, the police holding the DNA of innocent people, demands for ever more intrusive surveillance under the false pretense of being in the pursuit of terrorists and criminals.
I despair at the utter complacency displayed in Britain today by those who would allow government and law enforcement to do precisely whatever it pleases in the foolish belief that these organizations only have citizens' best interests at heart. This is the country that tolerates the holding of public office by such characters as Peter Mandelson.
Dear USA, Please (please, please) reform your seriously broken patent laws before our idiotic legislators here in Europe decide to adopt the same cracked system...because I truly fear they one day will.
I came back to leave a comment along similar lines. I imagined an alternate American Idol where the aim is not to exploit petulant teenagers for TV ratings and reocrd label earnings, but to find a genuine musician who could be helped to build a career using these ideas. The prize would be for Michael to work with the winner on a CwF+RtB project and in the process perhaps demonstrate just how feasible these models can be as well as showing creativity to the muic industry (musicians are going to like the creativity, right?).
Just seems that this could be a really good exercise to raise awareness of new business models and to show that free does not equal theft and so on.
It is sad enough that governments seem to take increasing levels of power for themselves, becoming law machines which churn out ever more intrusive laws against their own citizens. This is undesirable as it is, but when they become so full of their sense of importance that they start thinking their laws should apply to other states, it becomes obnoxious.
The EU has already enacted laws to enable member states to prosecute citizens of other member states for things which may be illegal in the accusing state but not in the state where the person resides. Furthermore it seems that the accused does not even need to have set foot in that state for this to apply. Remember that the EU is a collection of independent sovereign states, not a federation.
If the internet becomes subject to the law of particular states, it logically becomes subject to the law of all states with access to the internet, much of this law is contradictory. That alone shows why this should not be.
I am utterly disgusted by the way that the Labour government (socialist, in government since 1997) has cynically used the "lobster" approach (turn up the heat slowly and it will not realise it's being boiled alive) to erode liberty in the country.
While there is truth in the notion that ideas are first punted in an extreme form before being scaled back slightly and implemented with the population breathing a sigh of relief, the simple fact is that this government is so obsessed with intervening in people's lives at levels which should never be accepted and have a disgraceful faith in social engineering.
The usual ploys are to claim a campaign against criminals and terrorists, those two modern bêtes noires. But this really is an incredible proposal even for Labour.