Thursday, November 20, 2008

Unclear on the centralized concept

Myron Ebell shows up in a citation on the useless CQ Politics blog in a post titled "Before he ran for president Obama had ideas about the auto industry".

How do I know that the CQ Politics staff with the byline Adriel Bettelheim are useless? Myron Ebell is cited in one of their articles.

That and the banner advertising from Exxon which buys them a free pass on any possible criticism, according to the laws of the media market.

For some reason, Myron thinks that a record of making proposals on the direction of a major industry before it's driven itself into severe financial difficulties is damning. What's intelligent is stupid, in Myron's world.

Here's how the post ends, with the message they want to leave with the readers:
Skeptics nonetheless say Obama's early moves in response to the crisis will say a lot about his views of government’s role in private commerce.

"What he's proposed is not unexpected because there are a lot of people who'd like to pursue goals other than building the auto industry," said Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute. "Auto workers want to preserve higher pay, environmental groups would like to force Detroit to build greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles. So everyone's rushing to create an economy run by a centrally controlled industrial policy."
So, with this massive bail-out of public capital it is finally possible to force the auto industry respond to all the disparate interests throughout the community ("central control", according to Myron), versus these firms being run wholly at the discretion of their 12 member executive boards for the sole benefit of their personal income to the extent that no amount of external damage caused by the industry matters, and it's okay to bankrupt the entire organization (not "central control", according to Myron).

This kind of garbage rhetoric from the disaster economy only works if you pretend that the structure of corporate hierarchical management doesn't exist, and you are confused by the concepts of "central control" and "central purpose".

All corporations are centrally controlled. That's the design. The real question is to what end? If the answer to that question is the personal aggregation of money for those people in control, then it remains to be proven in each individual case that anything good will come of it.

The relation of institutionalized greed and the wider benefit to society is not axiomatic, no matter how many times Myron and his friends insist on it.


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