Isn't communism and socialism great? Certainly their great leaders would not swindle, extort, steal, and confiscate moneys and property from the people, for their motives are always pure. How could have a utopian state such as China allowed this to trasnpire. Oh I see. No sytem that allows the consolidation of such power in the hands of so few are exempt from corruption, greed, cronyism, power mongering and lawlessness. My God, this could have happened in America. Oh it did, even to the worshipped and naive NY Times. Welcome to the utopia you progressives are tryingt to create with the redistrubtion of weallth. Man, we are talking about a huge redistribution in this case. Who would have thunk it? LOL
Yes, the basic science is far from definitive. While cannabinoids can be neuroprotective in some circumstances -- epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, etc, where the inhibitory function of cannabinoids on the CNS can be helpful -- plenty of research exists to suggest that it can alter neural development, impair memory consolidation, and induce psychosis. So yes, patents can exist for it to be used in some circumstances while its use by the general population can still be overall adverse. I would suggest you read a recent New England Journal review article on the adverse effects of marijuana if I thought you would actually take the time to listen to someone else's viewpoint.Your cavalier comments and statement that you have killed my argument is insulting and misinformed. Kindly educate yourself beyond a quick google search or leave the discuss to those of us in the medical community who are educated on the subject.
Actually the problem has it's roots in decades past. Ever since WWII the US has had a highways and airways transportation policy. The railroads have gotten short shrift over the years and the only reason they have prospered is due to consolidation of systems (competitors) high level engineering gains in rolling stock and track construction, more efficient crews and the inherent ability to move vast quantities of bulk material over long distances cheaper than any other mode save perhaps barge traffic which has obvious limitations.Perhaps a more long-sighted policy acknowledging that railroads are still the lifeline of American commerce would be helpful.
A nice romantic piece about Italy. However most of my Italian friends are not so stoic as to be able to reflect on the impermeable state of history and shrug it off. They are more than disgusted. They are desperate as the wheels of government have ground to a halt in face of corruption and political turmoil. The university system has been particularly hard hit where "consolidation" and the suspension of resources has led many talented academics to seek " una porta" or a way to exit to retirement or a job abroad. Yes there will always be the talented barista shuffling espresso and the scrumptuous carciofi and the elegant shops on via Veneto for tourist enjoyment. However even on sunny spring day for most Italians there is a black cloud that shrouds hope for a better future.
From the Preface to Barry C.Lynn's book,"Cornered:The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction" - "(F)or anyone trying to make sense of what is taking place in our nation and the world today,monopoly is the great missing piece. --- Yet hardly a word has been published on consolidation,despite the fact that a full generation has passed since officials in the Reagan administration stopped enforcing our antimonopoly laws,which over the previous two centuries played a bigger role than any other set of laws in shaping business - and politics - in this country."
You neglect one very important cause of our discontent: our children will almost certainly lead poorer lives than we have. Job security has vanished, middle-class jobs have all but vanished, and the economy is being restructured under the probably irreversible forces of automation, consolidation and offshoring. Just think about all the jobs that existed when you were a boy, and are now a relic of another age.Yes, for those of us who are in our fifth or sixth decade, life is good. Has been good. We came of age in a time of economic expansion. For our children and grandchildren---not so good. While there is enormous creativity in our new industries (IT, for instance), the gains are limited to the few, as the application of their creativity is executed in China.
Agreed:'Professional opinions on the nature of the financial crisis and on how to address it have not converged, and caution is needed in drawing policy lessons from an unprecedented episode. There is a growing recognition that a more sustained fiscal expansion in large advanced economies would have been beneficial. On the other hand, debates will likely continue on the relative risk of policies given the information available at the time. In any case, the IMF showed openness and flexibility in reconsidering its fiscal policy advice once the growth outlook worsened, calling for a slower pace of consolidation. At this juncture, the IMF should strive to remain a focal point of debate and discussion and continue to encourage an environment that remains genuinely open to alternative perspectives.'