So far, as weve seen with cable, internet service and telecommunications, the problems with large industrial utilities and services don't go away when they are privatized. You still need regulatory oversight. You still need a large organized population which requires the a consistent, sustained standards for law, justice and enforcement in order for such utilities to be reasonably priced and profitable.
And you still have the trajedy of the commons where no one wants to pay their fair share of those things that are intrinsically socialized (defese, waste management, highway systems etc.). More importanly no one can agree on what is a fair distribution of the burden.
No, infrastructure requires big government. Automated government, feasibly, but big government nonetheless.
In the 1970s, 80s and 90s eras of cyberpunk near-future sci-fi, these things were the clear indicators that you lived in a dystopia, much like secret police and SWAT raids were the hallmarks of a Soviet-Union-style tyranny.
Kinda like when the villain kills a minion for failure or kills a traitor or spy in a particularly heinous way to show how evil he is. Piranha tanks, jet engines, decompression chambers, industrial machinery. That sort of thing.
I hereby inform you, under powers entrusted to me under section 47, paragraph 7 of council order number 438476 that Mr. Buttle, Archibald, residing at 412 North Tower, Shangrila Towers has been invited to assist the Ministry of Information with certain inquiries and that he is liable to certain financial obligations as specified in council order RB/CZ/907/X.
As I said, they tried to convince me they had video of me committing the crime.
I was still naïve about how police operated. To be fair, I was charmed by the Friday and Webb act.
I've learned since how bad an idea it is to talk to the police at all, given they can lie to me (about anything!) in order to secure a conviction, and can decide that inconsistencies due to memory or misinterpretation equate to an admission of guilt.
I'm still outraged that we teach in schools that peace officers are nice people who catch crooks (in masks with striped prison clothes), and rescue cats from trees.
But that is a pre-warrant investigation technique. Are all warrants served no-knock?
I know a lot of them are served by SWAT team, and even recall a recent incident when a mayor was explaining that a knock warrant was when they thumped on the side of the wall before blasting your door down and tossing flashbangs into your windows.
That was when I figured we don't serve warrants by knocking anymore.
Is another day this poor sod has to spend in prison. Another day in a hell-hole. Another day of sanity lost.
Maybe we should have FBI agents and police officers spend a period of time in jail as part of their training, just so they know the shit that an innocent man goes through because they can't be bothered to give two fucks.
Artificial ingredients such as when you see artificial flavors on the ingredients list are components made with laboratory processes. Such as salt (which we never really make artificially) would be made by combining chlorine and sodium.
Natural ingredients are extracted from a natural source. Natural salt would be extracted from a mine or from the sea. Natural ingredients tend to include impurities from the source, which may or may not be a good thing. Artificial sources tend to be more pure.
Flavors whether natural or artificial are made when a flavorist puts together a bunch of components to match what he or she things a flavor should taste like. There's probably not a drop of actual cherry (or even maraschino) in Cherry Coke or Cherry Pepsi.