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  •  Yes, the public sector needs to perform (3+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos, mike101, Visceral

    this redistributive function through progressive taxation and provision of services like education and healthcare.  However, as we've seen, it's just not practical for the government to keep up with all the infinite ways large and small that business devises to screw people over on a daily basis, so for that we need to reorganize the private sector so that people are better able to defend themselves against economic power.

    What you're talking about doing something more with life, that's kind of outside the realm of what can be addressed by politics - all we can do is try to find the right combination of both public and private mechanisms that give people the most freedom and opportunity to be themselves.  The internet helped a lot toward that goal, but obviously we need to bring the same democratizing influence out into the hard world.  That requires certain practicalities, like bargaining parity, that have nothing to do with whatever people ultimately choose to use their wealth for.  But we can say it would probably lead to more paid time off, or at least make it more of an option for people willing to make it a priority.

    I demand that you prove you're alive.

    by Troubadour on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:41:06 PM PDT

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