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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    There have to be some regulations, there just have to be. A wholly free market would run rampant and corrupt. There have to be limitations that cannot be crossed, if for no other reason than to keep corporations from violating the law and the rights of the citizens. So long as those are maintained, then relative freedom is a good thing. Absolute freedom is not.
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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    Since you clarified the rules vs the regulation...im for very mild regulations but I am for strong rules to protect workers.

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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    How are these terms defined in an objective sense?
    I don't really know. I just used common sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I do not think anyone is for a totally unrestricted free market.
    Of course. There are some basic principles like "mind other people". Apart from that, I don't see why a company would not import, lets say steel, from abroad at lower price and has to be burdened with duties. I see that as government regulating the supposedly "free market".

    Quote Originally Posted by RadicalModerate View Post
    Some of those you listed are actually market-based incentives intended to correct a market failure.
    Like what?

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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    I want enough regulations that corporations can't abuse the system. I agree that too many regulations is a bad thing, but I'm not sure where the line should be drawn. I do agree that companies should not be allowed to grow so large that if they went under they'd seriously impact the entire US economy.
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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    free market has it own regulations.



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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    I don't really know. I just used common sense.



    Of course. There are some basic principles like "mind other people". Apart from that, I don't see why a company would not import, lets say steel, from abroad at lower price and has to be burdened with duties. I see that as government regulating the supposedly "free market".



    Like what?
    Licenses and permits. Selling licenses to polluters is a more effective way of curbing emissions than one single law limiting all emissions to a low level.

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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    Quote Originally Posted by RadicalModerate View Post
    Licenses and permits. Selling licenses to polluters is a more effective way of curbing emissions than one single law limiting all emissions to a low level.
    OK, I'll buy that. Air pollution (and any pollution in that sense) affects other people, so it has a cost. You can't put a smokestack, burn coal and get rich on the expense of other people's health. But otherwise I don't like the government involved in price control.

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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    OK, I'll buy that. Air pollution (and any pollution in that sense) affects other people, so it has a cost. You can't put a smokestack, burn coal and get rich on the expense of other people's health. But otherwise I don't like the government involved in price control.
    Not even to keep the cost of food down? Without all the rules governing food in this country, most of it would cost a lot more. Farm subsidies are primarily aimed at keeping food prices down. Low food costs means everyone eats better, is healthier, and a lot fewer people starve. Especially children. Policies to affect the price of food keep a lot of kids from starving.
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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    Most of these polls are way too broad.

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    Re: Regulations vs free market

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Not even to keep the cost of food down? Without all the rules governing food in this country, most of it would cost a lot more. Farm subsidies are primarily aimed at keeping food prices down. Low food costs means everyone eats better, is healthier, and a lot fewer people starve. Especially children. Policies to affect the price of food keep a lot of kids from starving.
    Technological and genetic innovations shift the supply curve of food staples to the right, lowering the price. Farm subsidies do very little to get food into the hands of the hungry, it's mostly a political ploy and a way to keep grain exports high.

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