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[5]: But taxation is theft
by rycamor on Sun 29th Apr 2012 17:50 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: But taxation is theft"
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Yes, you are naive. At least a corporation's goals are clear and understandable, and it does not achieve them by force (except when it co-opts the government, as our corporations have). Government, no matter how idealistic its origins, will always be co-opted by those with less morals and greater ability to lie. It is a given, so it is in our interest to keep government as small and simple as possible.

I hate to burst your bubble, but even NASA is not a perfect example of human achievement. It is a giant, bloated, archaic organization that has finally--just this decade--given up trying to build the spaceships of the 1970s. I do think that there are times when "anomalies" happen and government produces something positive, but they are vastly overshadowed by the negatives. Honestly, how much money has our government spent on getting into space, and how much of that was taken from private individuals who could have banded together and done the same without any coercion of the citizen via taxes? And they probably could have done it far more cheaply.

Americans have largely been sold a carefully-wrapped story about our government and its history. Start digging in for the details in any area--The Civil War, John Dewey and our public schools, the creation of the Federal Reserve, the Great Depression, you name it--and you start finding lots of dark, depressing undercurrents.

Americans as a people consume history and stories of our leaders the way they consume fast food: keep it simple, never question the source, or the complex machinery that goes into delivering that simple few bites, never stop and think about what it is really doing to them.

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