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Tag Archives: cronyism

GOP Michigan Governor bans Tesla direct sales, GM smiles

Crony capitalism is deep in the DNA of both major parties. Republicans do it. Democrats do it. This is a case in point.

GM is a cronyism vortex. The closer one gets to the company the stronger the crony force is. Taxpayer dollars disappear into it and are gone forever. Common sense too. The free market and genuine innovation? They long ago passed over the event horizon.

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The market is rigged? No : ‘Plunge protection’ behind market’s sudden recovery

The “plunge protection team” (PPT) used to be something which was whispered about. Now it’s openly discussed in the New York Post. Hell will become a frost covered plain before The New York Times  will ever mention the PPT of course.

As I have written before, there is an understanding among traders post-2008. If the market heads into a nose dive the Fed will intervene. It will actively buy futures (and likely whatever else it has to) in the market to buoy the market.

The PPT is kind of like the Israeli nuclear program. No one acknowledges it officially but almost everyone thinks it exists and as such this impacts markets.

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The crony casino move against online gambling

Gambling is not a particularly good thing. But it is something which millions, if not billions of people enjoy responsibly. Many of those people go to casinos now. The casinos however are afraid that if gambling is legalized online in the USA many of those customers will never again walk through casino doors. As such the gambling industry has mounted an anti-online gambling campaign in Congress.

But the tack the casinos have taken is just insulting. Their argument is that online gambling will increase moral depravity and encourage the vice. The CASINOS are making this case.

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Pro Publica: When U.S. Companies Help the NSA

We have long covered what happens the in the shadowy alleyways where the NSA and corporate America have gotten together in their unholy unions. Sometimes these unions are voluntary. We have seen also that many of these relationships were not and that companies have no choice but to work with the NSA.

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Ebola Comes to America: Krugman & Stiglitz Must Be Delighted

Paul Krugman is famous for having said essentially that one of the ways the US could pull itself out of the current recession/depression is by mobilizing for an alien invasion. A War of the Worlds would do the trick. Everyone could build space ships and laser guns and whatever to fight the otherworldly menace. Stimulus. Full employment!

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Socialists (uni-corporatists) run Venezuela into the ground

Socialism is inherently a crony capitalist system. Basically a true socialist state is a uni-corporate entity. It is a monopoly (more or less) of goods and services (and most importantly force) where the cronies control the means of production. The Soviet Union for instance was basically one giant, very poorly run corporation which killed (often literally) any competitors which challenged it.

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