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[6]: But taxation is theft
by cfgr on Mon 30th Apr 2012 04:14 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: But taxation is theft"
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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.

Indeed. The federal government is simply too distant from the common man to keep in check. It should be reduced to a bare minimum and all power should go to the individual states.

Things like copyright laws and healthcare do not belong to a federal government. Let each state decide for itself. State governments are closer to home and their laws have a much smaller impact radius. It's a lot harder to corrupt 50 different governments than it is to corrupt 1 government. There will always be a few states that do the right thing and when citizens in other states realise that their neighbours have something better, they'll want something similar for themselves.

Diversity is a way of protection.

Edited 2012-04-30 04:15 UTC

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