Why do people keep saying this? Do you really want the owner of a flower shop to be personally liable if someone pricks their finger? The economy would collapse if employees are personally financially responsible for the firms liabilities.
In this world of rampant government spending and debt, regulatory monstrosities that create bubbles and then bail out the bad players, and huge unfunded entitlements that will destroy future generations like a tsunami, I think a little Objectivism might help.
Some government is required, of course. But the government we have now is not that. Just look at the tax code to see what governments tend to do: choke their host.
I give him a pass, like any sane person would. Every "sin" Facebook commits, it commits with full participation and agreement by its members. You two really don't give anyone any credit for being able to read, or string a few thoughts together.
Look, we get it, you don't like Facebook. So just unsubscribe and quit complaining.
The greatest "robot" that was invented in the last century was the computer. It replaced many jobs. Are we worse off for it? Of course not. Automation always creates wealth and raises the standard of living. However, at the beginning, it does redistribute wealth away from legacy industries and workers. The next generation will adapt and thrive.
It drives me crazy that bittorrent, one of the greatest file sharing innovations in years, is not significantly used for anything except piracy. When I download files from Steam, when I download drivers, Microsoft updates, PS3 patches, etc., I shake my head at how inefficient and slow they are.
This is exactly what I did. I had thousand of dollars of PS3 games. It was a total f*ck up to not make either console backwards compatible. What ties me to the PS4 if all my games are worthless? So I got a top of the line computer, and now I can use it to watch Youtube and movies (without clunky interfaces and DRM restrictions like Cinavia). Steam is a dream to use, games are insanely cheap, and I can download mods for all my games and make them new again.
I will never go back to consoles. Many are like me.
Never going to happen. First, efficiency of old appliances was terrible, so going back will make things less efficient. Second, energy use is correlated to population and standard of living. So unless you want to lower the population or reduce/hold the standard of living for people, energy requirements will always increase. Efficiency doesn't help because of Jevons paradox.
The question is, if the government cannot be trusted, what is the solution? Unfortunately (and paradoxically) at least half the people you talk to will suggest some change or law that actually increases government power.
The solution to government corruption is smaller government. If there is less power and money in the government's hands, then there is less incentive to try and take it or abuse it.
The wall of Techdirt stories on police misconduct is very misleading, and not very insightful. There are about 800,000 cops in the US and probably over a million interactions between the cops and the public every single day. A handful of bad situations proves nothing. The plural of anecdote is not data.