Class Warfare Blog

November 3, 2013

Another Conservative Meme Exposed as Balderdash

A conservative mantra is that government needs to get out of the way and unleash the power of private enterprise. Get rid of all of those pesky regulations and corporations will lead us to the promised land. This has almost become “common knowledge” in the U.S.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, it is not true.

Watch this TED Talk if you want to know better what the real source of innovation is: www.ted.com/talks/mariana_mazzucato_government_investor_risk_taker_innovator.html

As a teaser, the presenter points out that everybody’s favorite invention, the iPhone, has many features such as: access to the Internet, access to the Cell System, GPS, Siri, and a touch screen. Apple is so damned innovative! Actually all of those features were developed by the U.S. Government. And, if you will remember, the things that made the Apple Macintosh different were also not invented by Apple, but by the Palo Alto Research Corporation, a division of Xerox and Stanford Research Institute (for whom my mother worked). SRI was heavily funded by government grants and programs.

If government really got “out of the way” corporations would, avoiding risky enterprises, innovate very little. When it comes to R&D, their strength is in the D and not the R.

And conservatives have no problem repeating big lies over and over and over. It helps them learn to believe them.

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6 Comments »

  1. That may be, but at least Apple invented rounded corners on the iPhone!

    Comment by List of X — November 3, 2013 @ 8:55 am | Reply

    • Have you ever considered stand-up? ;o)

      PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

      *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

      Comment by stephenpruis — November 3, 2013 @ 9:06 am | Reply

      • As a matter of fact, I’ve spent over 10 years writing/performing sketch comedy as a hobby, although I’ve done only maybe 10-15 minutes of actual stand-up.

        Comment by List of X — November 3, 2013 @ 10:00 am | Reply

        • Ah, another talent undiscovered by those controlling the showers of money!

          I enjoy your stuff a great deal, thanks for sharing your talent.

          Steve

          PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

          *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

          Comment by stephenpruis — November 3, 2013 @ 10:17 am | Reply

          • Thank you! And I appreciate your work, too.
            I don’t think of myself as undiscovered. I actually enjoy my day job (which mostly consists of digging through Excel spreadsheets), and I fear that if I make comedy my job, it would suck out all the fun out of it.

            Comment by List of X — November 3, 2013 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

            • Yeah, I ended up working in the field of my hobby and some of the fun has gone out, even though I have been able to channel my interests in a direction I enjoy.

              Let us know if something you do goes viral or gets on TV.

              PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

              *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

              Comment by stephenpruis — November 3, 2013 @ 7:04 pm | Reply


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