March 14, 2001    
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What decisions should NOT be left to the free market / commercial realm?

Most of them dealing with the environment, Social Security, or Medicare.  Businesses are only out for a profit, and a lot of people aren't good consumers / savers. Republicans look out only for their rich self righteous buddies.

Katie2, 18
Detroit
, MI    USA

I don't really understand this question, so I probably shouldn't answer it.

Mick, 30
Chicago
, IL   USA

I have no idea what you're talking about, nor do I feel the need to find out. That kind of thing doesn't interest me.

etoile, 20
Washington
, DC  USA

The one that immediately comes to mind, is letting scientists clone people/babies and then have them sold.

Janet, 42
E. Brunswick
, NJ  USA

Such a large question. So little time.

Jill., 60
Saylorsburg
, PA  USA

Very few, if one believes that the free market practices enlightened self interest, lots more if you think that it is only out for immediate, short term profit.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

This question is either poorly worded or over my head, probably the latter.

Alias Irrelevante

What happens to the planet and its wildlife.   What I should do with my life.

Karen, 21
Marshelltown/Ames
, IA  USA

Universal health care coverage.
Election financing.

Laura, 36
Lowell
, MA    USA

Wether or not to make ketchup green. (Nah, I don't really understand the question. but that green stuff sure is freaky)

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario   CANADA

If we lived in a truly free market society that meant that the cheapest and best products and services were delivered to the public with the minimal amount of harm, than probably nothing. However, in the way the world really works, I don't want the market to decide whether or not I deserve medical care, who I get to vote for, whether or not my kids get a quality education, and probably a whole range of other things.

Felicia, 35
Lowell
, MA   USA

Any decision that business can make to take advantage of their consumers or their workers should not be left to them. Decisions involving the general welfare and safety of workers should not be left to the commercial realm.  Decisions about minimum wage should not be left to the commercial realm.   Decisions about whether or not to create a monopoly should not be left to the commercial realm. Governmental regulation and intervention in the free market is neccesary to protect the "little guys."

Eric, 18
Beverly Hills
, CA  USA

Gee Dan, I don't know. . . I guess I'm pretty fiscally conservative, in most ways(whatever the fuck that means. . ). . .. . .The free market usually does pretty well in determining our fates, I believe. . . .I suppose personal liberties shouldn't be violated or infringed upon, but I really don't think the free market system, as we work it here, cares terribly much about that . .

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles
, CA  USA

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