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Flame of the week - Linda Harrison is a commie

Our Linda got well and truly roasted for her recent piece asking why Michael Dell had got share options. Our flamer found an ally in Spokey:

While I deplore the tone of this week's flame, I must concur in general with the sentiments. I see a remarkable (and depressing) amount of anti-big-business sentiment expressed in the media. The current idiotic anti-globalisation sentiment seems to imply that without the "greed is good" mentality, life would naturally revert to some sort of bucolic idyll, where there would be a generous supply of soft drugs and easy living. Things would just happen naturally or become unnecessary. Work would become a thing of the past. The fact that we would have to eke out a miserable existence as rural farmers has not occurred to them. Personally, I cannot imagine a more depressing existence than not having the mental stimulation of my work, but maybe that's just me.

As your flamer points out, there would be little progress were it not for corporates having a reason (profit) to make this progress. Some of this progress is "bad", some of it is "good". If the progress is "bad", there are mechanisms to oppose this (not buying it, voting against it, etc.) I also don't really see what, apart from his tone, makes him a bunker resident in Montana. Perhaps I'm one too, I just didn't realise it.

Regarding the logic of the argument: if you attack "big, evil, greedy corporations", are you not implying that capitalism is evil and greedy, since these corporations tend to be a natural consequence of capitalism? Doesn't that make you a socialist/communist? Or did I miss something again?

Spokey may not see what makes our flamer a bunker resident in Montana, but Dr David G Lovering thought he'd spotted it:

Ah, yes! Mr Pederson's eloquence speaks volumes for his intellect and the educational/political system under who's wing he was hatched! Americans tend to be incapable of distinguishing communists from socialists and liberals; as for reading Plato... Enough, these kids aren't worth an email.

Linda, it's time for you to get your cards on the table. Are you a gun-toting soldier of the dollar, or some pinko commie-loving liberal? Out with it woman!

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