Department of Cats and Bags

catbag Two items pertaining to the real nature of “the free market.”

Item 1: Existing Business Markets Depend on State Suppression of Basic Information

In 2003, researchers at a federal agency proposed a long-term study of 10,000 drivers to assess the safety risk posed by cellphone use behind the wheel.

They sought the study based on evidence that such multitasking was a serious and growing threat on America’s roadways.

But such an ambitious study never happened. And the researchers’ agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers — in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.

On Tuesday, the full body of research is being made public for the first time by two consumer advocacy groups, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the documents. The Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen provided a copy to The New York Times, which is publishing the documents on its Web site.

Item 2: Corporate Capitalists Know Private Enterprise is Often Inferior to Public Enterprise

A government-run public [medical insurance] plan would have “unfair advantage over private plans, eventually crowding out private plans from the marketplace,” said Bruce Josten, executive vice president of government affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Suppression of Democratic Enterprise

My next book is going to be about the long, hidden history of overclass suppression of democracy and public enterprise.

More on that later…

Meanwhile, on this Election Day, seeing photos like the one above (it’s a voting line in Greenwich Village today), you have to ponder why we lack such basic things as these:

-automatic, universal, non-party-tied, and free (no stamps required) voter registration

-Election Day as a Federal Holiday

-polling stations that stay open for 24 hours on Election Day

-lavish funding and public oversight of polling procedures, to reduce lines and the risk of fraud and error

-paper ballots for all

I won’t even mention rancid, out-dated, anti-democratic shit like the Electoral College and the U.S. Senate.

Oops, I mentioned it…