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From bj695@FreeNet.Carleton.CA Sat Jun 29 11:06:12 PDT 1996
Article: 54703 of can.politics
From: bj695@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Geoff Lupton)
Newsgroups: can.politics
Subject: Re: Canada may need more government regulation, not less.
Date: 29 Jun 1996 05:56:33 GMT
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Reply-To: bj695@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Geoff Lupton)

Nicholas Sidor ( writes:
> (Steve Ranta) wrote:
>>What other disasters are waiting to happen because of people howling for
>>'smaller government', and less 'interference with free enterprise'?
> Cripes. What about Westray? Krever? People died, lots of them....
> Trust the private sector to police itself? Only an idiot (cf. Mike
> Harris...)

It is not all at clear whether the populace itself is in really in favour
of the emasculation of State power or simply capitalist opinion makers.
The masses have been led to believe the neo-liberal mantra of the day:
public sector = bad, private sector = good. Maybe this will change soon.

This is not to say that government cannot be made more responsive,
efficient and productive. However, it does mean that public opinion (ie,
the electorate) can undergo a shift back in favour of the merits of the
restriction and regulation of free enterprise and the corporate sector.

In this respect, these tragedies may not be totally in vain if they help
to stimulate genuine debate about the many flaws of unadulterated
capitalism. The increasing polarization of neo-liberal society on
socio-economic terms will also have profound poltical ramifications.

Geoff Lupton

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