Just as a note, I would point out that eHow is probably a step below a Wiki as far as self-correction goes. Anyone can write a page, and there is no way of submitting corrections to another page owner, except through the comments.
It's true. The comment about Microsoft. If someone today tried half the business practices that Bill Gates and company did on the way up, they'd be sued out of existence. Why? Gates stole, bought, copied so many intellectual properties before the current IP protection structure was set in place. Windows was all but cloned from an early version of the Mac OS remember?
As for the 'if there was no FDA, it would be settled in the courts' statement, sorry AndyZ...that wont float. Before the foundation of it by the Whiley Act, the producers didn't have to even be truthful about what was in the product or commit to standards of quality.
As for my statements on Reagan, let's see.. He expanded the scope of government several times and raise capital gains, estate and upper income taxes at least eight times in his first term. He could have privatized the air craft controllers when they went on strike. He didn't. Government jobs actually grew by 3% or more during his time in office. (President Obama's admin has shrunk them by 2.7% and for a fun note Bush II grew gov jobs by about 750,000 public sector jobs)
Yeah, your perspective actually feels a lot more concrete now. What are Goldwater's views, anyway?
Incidentally, I wanted to give another real life example of things: http://mattfisher.tumblr.com/post/29338478278/my-sister-paid-progressive-insurance-to-defend-herhttp://www.wikinvest.com/wikinvest/api.php?action=viewNews&aid=4212492&page=Stock%3AProgressive_Corporation_%28PGR%29&comments=0&format=html
Short version: this guy's sister was killed in an automobile accident. She had Progressive insurance. The other driver had some other insurance. When court hearings were held to determine if the guy who killed the sister was negligent in his driving, Progressive sent over a lawyer to defend the man who killed her, so that they wouldn't have to pay on the insurance. If they could prove that the sister was at fault for her own death, Progressive doesn't have to pay out.
Now, is this terrible? Absolutely. Now that you know this story, though, would you ever even think of buying Progressive insurance? I know I wouldn't. This story has already gone viral to the point where Progressive paid out in order to make the story go away.
Now, some would want a law that would keep an insurance company from doing something like that. The way I see it, if a company would even want to do something like that, I want them to try it and prove to everyone what disgusting wretches they are. Let them see how what happens.
It's just not profitable to be unethical unless you have a monopoly. Companies that try to pull this crap don't last very long, because word gets out.
Now, I am for labels on stuff, but I think I already said that. If something's untested but people want to try it, why not let them? Then again, if something doesn't have a label, how many people would willingly drink it? How about just that I'm against fraudulent labels? I'll agree that producers should have to be truthful about what was in the product, but if they have you in the court under oath, or they subpoena you, don't you have to be truthful anyway?
Let me put things this way: what rule or regulation would you want to put down for the Progressive example?