Saturday, December 26, 2020

Evil Isn’t A Sickness

Great discussion about how personal responsibility goes hand in hand with freedom.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Is the EU Democratic? Does Your Vote Matter?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Uu5eyN6VU

There is this false notion that without a powerful central authority, weak countries are raped by strong countries.

Giving the government too much power means that everybody is going to use the government to advance their own interest, i.e. steal from their neighbors. There is no guarantee that the powerful central government won't exploit people. We see it all the time in democratic nations, and the communist nations are worse.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Rio Grand

BTW, I spent some time looking at the Rio Grand on the map. That river starts in Colorado. It is a hell of a long border. Imagine building a wall.

Friday, April 26, 2019

The NETFLIX Problem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDF-S68kx5o

My response:  

A free market means that you are free to make choices. If a company wants to give an exclusive license for their product, then that is their choice, and they would only do it if it was more profitable than having a non-exclusive license. The consumer is still free to make a choice. It becomes a question of which streaming service gives the best value.

The argument would be like saying videogame consoles cannot have exclusive titles. It would be nice to be able to play every videogame on every system, but exclusive titles are what sell videogame consoles. So the market trends in that direction.

It would be like saying that television networks can't have exclusive shows.

It is not the end of the world to have two streaming services or two videogame consoles. Streaming services are remarkably cheap, so it is just a question of whether the extra content is worth the extra cost.

Another choice the consumer can make is to not use any service if they feel that the services don't meet their needs.

You will see the merging of some companies to be more competitive with the top service, which likely will be Disney next year. Sometimes it is government laws that prevent such mergers, which would provide more value for the consumer.


Saturday, April 6, 2019