Not What You Think

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4 Responses to Not What You Think

  1. I guess I’m only 80%. Free Markets have been the savior of the world, bringing prosperity (and along with it general peace, increased education, etc) to every country it has touched. I guess maybe we shouldn’t force it down with the barrel of a gun, but it should be the focus of US foreign policy with these countries.

  2. Linoge says:

    Yeah, but try convincing modern “liberals” how much they are not…

  3. Mollbot says:

    90% Hmmm

  4. J.T. Wenting says:

    Got 90%.
    Did indicate I’m in favour of minimum wages, because I see firsthand what a lack of them means (or rather ways for companies to get out from under them).
    Cheap foreign labour is brought in, throwing locals out of a job.
    End of the week or month the foreigners are shipped back home for some time off.
    Despite lodging and transport being paid for by the companies they’re still 50%+ cheaper than locals.

    Those locals couldn’t (even without minimum wages) afford to work for the pay those foreigners get because they couldn’t pay their bills if they got paid that little.
    When a Pole (the main culprits here) lives comfortably in Poland for €500 a month, and gets €800 here plus a free hotel room for the week and free traintickets back home once every other week, while a Dutch person has to pay €1200 in rent, heating, water, and electricity per month (not an unreasonable amount), there’s no way he could accept to work for €800 (or even €1200).

    Free markets are nice, but only if prices are equal between those markets.
    When they’re not, something needs to be done to prevent one market from being swamped by the other.

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