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Old March 26 2014, 08:57 AM   #9
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Re: The FCA makes no sense

JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
But why would this authority care so much that you don't make deals with your employees, if said deals are likely to lead to greater profit? I totally buy that the richest people would put themselves in a position that requires you to bribe them in order to get what you want. What I don't get is how they would tyrannically enforce the gender restrictions or the union restrictions, in cases where violating them would lead to greater profit.
Because the FCA recognizes that granting workers rights constitutes a threat to Ferengi capitalism in the long run, even if it is more profitable for one particular business owner in the short run. Same thing with feminism -- start spreading around the idea that women and men are equal, and soon you'll start encouraging other marginalized groups to think of themselves the plutocrats' equals.

Capitalism is built on exploitation. If someone who has power within the system begins undermining the exploitative nature of the system, this constitutes a long-term threat to its functionality -- and therefore to the wealth and power of the Ferengi elite. The last thing those elites want is Federation-style democratic socialism.

Bottom line: It's a mistake to frame this in terms of "unbridled free enterprise vs. government regulation." The goal of the system is exploitation and financial domination; the function of the Ferengi government is to referee disputes between wealthy elites while preserving the overall system that props those elites up. It's not about "free enterprise" (there is no such thing); it's about power.

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PhoenixClass wrote: View Post
JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
What I don't get is how they would tyrannically enforce the gender restrictions or the union restrictions, in cases where violating them would lead to greater profit.
We need to get Sci in here, he would explain it quite well.
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