Americans are so caught up in the idea of materialism through capitalism that they think that a pure capitalist system benefits everyone. The premise of capitalism is that everyone will do what advantages them or they die. Maybe not dead in a coffin and grave, but they would be homeless and incapable of competing in the market. The assumption is that people almost always will do what benefits them. For the most part I think it is a fairly valid assumption.
It lacks error handling. Many Americans care about their fellow human beings. The endeavor to help those who have made mistakes can be considered noble and merciful. Why is it necessary to help these people? Because all of us can and do make mistakes. Who knows when the homeless person is one of us?
Utilities are an essential aspect of life. They provide us those things that are necessary to function in society. Electricity, gas, telephone, cable, internet access. Did internet access surprise you? It shouldn’t… after all, how could you read this unless you or someone else has it?
A popular trend in this country is to deregulate access when large companies have too much control over a utility. We wanted to deregulate the long distance telephone companies to give smaller companies a chance. So these smaller companies can pay rent to the bigger ones? Naturally the bigger companies are at an advantage to limit access to resources as higher demand creates bigger prices.
We the consumers get screwed. The big companies get richer. We can’t go somewhere else because all of the small companies are getting screwed too.