International rules help with investment. No company wants to invest billions only to have local governments change the rules. As you state, there are two ways to deal with this:
1) Have no rules. Then companies would not likely invest in any country unless the risk premium is high. This is why credit card rates are HIGHER for poor people.
2) Have rules. Then companies would feel comfortable investing in riskier countries without haven't backbreaking terms.
Corporation do not care which system you want. But it is idiotic to think they are just going to roll over when countries try and change the rules mid-game. Don't like the international rules? Then don't sign onto treaties.
The solution to this is, of course, less government. Corporations are only allowed to sue governments because those governments entered into binding agreements. With weaker government, corporations would have to be much nicer, because there is no international "stick" they could use to beat those who don't agree. The only deterrent would be the same as with all unregulated systems: reputation. Countries that don't honor deals would not get investment.
Unfortunately, I get the feeling most people think the solution is more government.
I think a threat is a threat. It is a crime unto itself. Do you think the threatened person can tell if the threatener has the means to carry out the threat? A threat is meant to create fear. Not punishing threats would just lead to more people making them.
The leading cause of death for pregnant women is homicide. This is ridiculous. There is an epidemic of men stalking, harassing, and killing women, mainly ex-girlfriends and wives. Personally, I don't care if some of these men cool their heels in prison for a long time. It is better than the alternative.
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.