A tale of two (sim) cities

por: Gerardo Garibay Camarena

Politicians don’t listen to the people. It’s one of the most common complaints in any country around the world: the government announces a program that is useless or counterproductive, the affected citizens reject it and explain why it’s a bad idea, but the authorities carry on anyway and waste millions of dollars on a new folly, and the entire process starts all over again. When we point out this reality, one of the first answers we’ll get from a statist is that “the same thing happens in business. Many big companies don’t listen to their customers, either.”

They’re right. Private bureaucracies, like the ones you see in Big Business, can be as obtuse, deaf, and arrogant as their public sector’s counterparts. The difference, however, comes in what happens next. With government programs, a politician can waste billions of dollars without paying a penny out of his own pocket, while its subjects must accept the imposition in order to avoid a fine or an arrest. Conversely, in the world of business, it’s the businessmen themselves who pay for their own arrogance.

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Gerardo Garibay Camarena

Gerardo Garibay Camarena

Escritor. Católico. Libertario. Escéptico de la política y desconfiado de las intenciones de los políticos. Creo en personas libres y mercados libres.