Advertising - A Case in Point
It has been argued that people are incapable of ruling themselves. Let's examine a case in point... a case of the trivial... to illustrate human incompetency.
Advertising the manufacture of a product to boost sales.
Granted, people consume goods and services. They need same to survive. Better goods and services tend to improve the quality of life, though they by no means impart happiness. Now an ever-increasing share of these goods are sold online, through the Internet. It becomes essential to advertise these goods and services if a company wishes to remain viable. So far we're on safe ground.
So advertisements are incorporated into many of the web pages we read, unless money has been paid for a different service, one of exclusion of advertisements. Again, this is a paid-for service.
So someone else gets an idea. We can make money, he reasons, if we devise some way of removing ads from online sites. Readers will buy our service and love it. Sounds good, right? Except that removal damages the other companies that likely provide bona fide goods and services (true, some provide what is best termed trash). Which deserves more of your "hard-earned" buck, a source of useful products and services you will consume, or a service that counters another service? You wind up back at square one, only with a little less of that hard-earned money.
See the futility? And this is just a trivial example. Companies scrap for your buck with the simple goal of getting it for as little effort as possible. And these are your fellow "shipmates".
Even so trivial a matter as advertising, points to the inability of man to rule man. Another example we won't discuss is...
When there was an effort to eradicate drugs early on, it was illegal to buy or sell or use them, but it was honest business to manufacture and sell the devices that made them easier to use.
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