Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Apr 2012 12:22 UTC
Apple "Apple, the world's most profitable technology company, doesn't design iPhones here. It doesn't run AppleCare customer service from this city. And it doesn't manufacture MacBooks or iPads anywhere nearby. Yet, with a handful of employees in a small office here in Reno, Apple has done something central to its corporate strategy: it has avoided millions of dollars in taxes in California and 20 other states." Sure, this is all legal for companies to do (and Apple obviously isn't alone) but it does show you how much sense of morality companies have. Answer: none. But hey, it's legal, and the law is never wrong, right?
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RE[4]: But taxation is theft
by LeeZH on Sun 29th Apr 2012 17:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: But taxation is theft"
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If you look at NASA, it's achievements and how it has inspired a whole generation of thinkers it is hard to agree with your point. As an passionate engineering student I can attest to that.

Maybe it's because I'm young; maybe it's because I haven't experienced the world in its absolute cruelty - but I have absolute belief that with the right people in the right jobs the government can be the best thing the world can offer.

All those efforts in improving green energy are being snuffed out by big oil companies, and it is very frustrating - trust me, I know. This is happening because the government let them but we know that all this is driven greed and the lack of principles in improving mankind. If we had the right people in the right jobs - if we had people who would stand by their principles - this wouldn't happen.

There are so many great ideas out in the world, but we can't achieve them alone as individuals. The government is our best bet because all corporations think of is making money. I feel like bursting into rage every time I hear that phrase "But will it sell?". If we had the right government, the question the people would ask instead is "But will it improve our lives?". We pay our taxes in hope that in hope the country would improve, and this is what should happen.

The government can be the worst thing or the best thing to happen to mankind, depending on how it's run. If we could change the system, make the government see that improving the world as a whole is beneficial, the latter would happen.

Maybe I'm just a naive padawan; maybe I'm just too optimistic - but without hope for the people in the world, what's the point?

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