View Poll Results: Which regulations should be put in place

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  • All regulation is good, the government should completely control the economy

    0 0%
  • Minimum wage

    10 28.57%
  • Labor condition laws

    23 65.71%
  • Product safety laws

    23 65.71%
  • Antitrust laws

    21 60.00%
  • Copyright laws

    24 68.57%
  • Environmental protection

    24 68.57%
  • Tariffs and other import/export regulations

    14 40.00%
  • Incorporation restrictions

    9 25.71%
  • None of the above

    8 22.86%
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Thread: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

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    Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    Which regulations should be put in place, and why?

    I do not see how any regulation ever helps the economy in any way, ever.

    However, I do think that some regulation is necessary for moral reasons, if not economic ones. These include environmental regulations, product safety requirements, and labor condition requirements. I am unsure about copyright laws but I lean towards wanting to respect those as well.

    If anyone can think of more regulations than I put on the poll please let me know.

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    Re: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    Actually, heavy government intervention has always been a significant component in the capitalist economy, and will necessarily always remain so. For example, the major Western nations developed various industries through the utilization of protectionist state measures such as tariff impositions. This continues to be a necessary element of strategic trade policy today, as government protection of infant industries is necessary to ensure appropriate development.

    There's also no need to refer to "moral reasons" when describing the potential benefits of heavy state regulation, as there are in fact extremely visible and substantial economic benefits provided by its utilization. Unemployment benefit, for instance, is typically referred to in terms of the morality of "giving people a leg up," but more importantly for economic purposes, it's able to ensure more extensive and thorough job search, which consequently provides for more appropriate skill set matches and thereby reduces underemployment, which is a form of static inefficiency. We thus have an example of a state welfare program contributing to tangible efficiency increases in the economy.

    With that in mind, it's not surprising that countries that rely on heavy utilization of welfare state policies (such as the Scandinavian social democracies) are not only able to rival more economically rightist countries in the policy goals that they pursue, but also attain their own goals, such as reduced unemployment (and unemployment is of course also a form of static inefficiency). That aptly underscores the irony of referring to social democratic capitalism as "socialist" in nature when the policies it entails in fact strengthen efficiency in the capitalist economy, thereby strengthening capitalist economic structure as a whole.

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    Re: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    All regulation is good, the government should completely control the economy


    I disagree with this.Not all regulation is good.

    Minimum wage

    Good because it ensures that some employees are not to exploited. Without it I imagine people in this country besides illegals would be still making a dollar an hour or less.


    Labor condition laws


    A good thing. The fact we had to make laws to improve labor conditions only shows that such such a thing would have never happened without government intervention.


    Product safety laws

    A good thing.



    Antitrust laws

    A good thing

    Copyright laws

    A good thing,although I am not too sure about the full extent.



    Environmental protection
    A good thing,although this ony extends to dumping waste or releasing noxious or hazardous fumes into the air.

    Tariffs and other import/export regulations

    Its a good thing.Without it a lot of jobs will go over seas and a lot of companies here wouldn't be able to compete.


    Incorporation restrictions
    Not sure exactly what this means to have an opinion.
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    Re: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    While I do not think that all regulations are good and wise, those listed, I feel are needed and serve a good purpose.

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    Re: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    Voted for everything but the minimum wage. Copyright laws with some reservation-- commercial copyright violation should remain prohibited, but applying those laws to free copies and filesharing does more harm than good.

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    Re: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    Copyright and import/export.

    Copyrights, because infomation should never be free - knowledge is not worthless.

    Import/export because strong borders, is a strong country.

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    Re: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    Actually laws of the type being polled already exist, so what ask which should be put into place when they already are? Shouldn't the question ask which laws are Constitutional and effective?
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    Re: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Actually laws of the type being polled already exist, so what ask which should be put into place when they already are? Shouldn't the question ask which laws are Constitutional and effective?
    Good point, I suppose I asked the wrong question. I should have asked which ones should stay.

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    Re: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    Incidentally, I'd say that state regulatory structure is ultimately unnecessary because the state itself is ultimately unnecessary, but that strong regulatory structure is necessary in our presently existing economy. So while I'd advocate a minimal or nonexistent government role, that's not a feasible option as long as capitalism exists.

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    Re: Which market regulations are beneficial/necessary?

    huh? polluting the water is okay?

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