Sunday, February 17, 2008

File under: Reasons I Love Capitalism.

Bob Lutz, big GM honcho, says global warming "is a total crock of sh*t."

But, "GM has promised to roll out one new hybrid every three months for the next four years," as well as the highly touted Chevy Volt.

Why the disconnect? Varifrank says it pretty well:
He doesnt care why you want zero emission cars, he just wants you to buy them from him. He's not making cars for you and your sense of well being. He's making them so the shareholders of General Motors can make a profit. If there's a profit in it, he would make cars that run on hamster pellets.
In a capitalist system, it generally doesn't matter why you want something, so long as you're willing to pay for it. The manufacturer doesn't need to agree with you, he just needs to accept your money.

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3 Comments:

At 3/01/2008 3:14 AM, Blogger jeff biebighauser said...

'In a capitalist system, it generally doesn't matter why you want something, so long as you're willing to pay for it. The manufacturer doesn't need to agree with you, he just needs to accept your money.'

This almost reads as satire. Why might one celebrate so openly a systemic disunity and amorality?

 
At 3/01/2008 3:15 AM, Blogger jeff biebighauser said...

PS How are you?

 
At 3/01/2008 5:56 AM, Blogger Randomscrub said...

I celebrate not the disunity per se, but the fact that the system allows us to cooperate without forcing unity upon us involuntarily. If we needed to agree on things like religion and morality to engage in trade (and don't pretend that the two are entirely differentiable), the majority would end up forcing their entire set of beliefs on the minority as a necessary part of the system, whereas in a capitalist economic system, that's unnecessary. (It may still happen via the political process, but that's a bit different.)

 

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