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- Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:52:56 EST 40pbmk0m No.183955
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The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/business/coronavirus-us-ventilator-shortage.html
Summary: Big company buys out a small one and reneges on previous deal with the usual result.
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Martin Herrystock - Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:57:32 EST 40pbmk0m No.183956 Reply
>>183955
The first is don’t allow illegal mergers to consolidate power over product markets. The second is don’t let consolidation happen throughout industries in general. And the third is make sure that when the government pays for research and development, it can serve as a latent competitive threat if its contractors get bought out.
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David Duckwater - Fri, 03 Apr 2020 20:02:54 EST SGLLcSX+ No.183958 Reply
>>183955
Outsourcing is very 2000s. This is the most egregious example but it's not unique to the US to realise that actually it doesn't work. The private sector doesn't delivery efficiency it delivers profit for shareholders, any efficiency gains will be taken by them and any losses bourne by the taxpayer. For any item you absolute need you do it yourself

This sort of thing should be subject to a tender and the company buying them out should have inherited the liabilities.

That's another issue with outsourcing, it rarely punishes the private company if/when they fuck up massively. Again the risk for this is carried by the government. Governments have a lot of blame in this though. If you try to outsource something and set some protection for the public and then get few to no bids maybe you're just being unreasonable. When all but one supplier pulls out of fails to come close you should ask yourself "why is this supplier so cheap?". The lowest bidder is often not the best value. In a world of government cuts and bailouts we have created economies where the public sector is the efficient powerhouse and the private sector sucks up welfare.

Waste disposal, buiidings, military supplies, in my country the Emergency Services Mobile Communication Protocol project is failing to deliver despite rolling back 6 months every time they havea 6 monthly review and at this point it'd have been cheaper to stay on trunked radio another 20 years. Then there's utilities, public transport, post. All as bad.

If you absolutely need it and it can't be sourced by buying from an existing competitive market it's probably worth doing yourself.
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Graham Greenwater - Fri, 03 Apr 2020 20:07:34 EST fxZPTs+O No.183960 Reply
>>183956
>illegal mergers

it wasn't illegal, mergers are a part of the normal operation of markets.

>don’t let consolidation happen throughout industries in general

so don't allow competition to take place, then? what should investors do when a company is failing and they want to recoup their losses if they aren't allowed to liquidate the firm? this would repress investment and ironically spur speculative investment in companies that are reporting to do well.

the real takeaway is: don't depend on private, independent, and virtually unaccountable actors to do critical research. do it in house and give them as many resources as they need to accomplish their task.
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Simon Geffingchedging - Sat, 04 Apr 2020 06:31:27 EST ClNMEJ6U No.183966 Reply
>>183956
>The first is don’t allow
That's it. Can't get over that one. Government's job for three generations has been to lower the bar. That means taking apart the rules corporations have to follow. There's no regulation. The first step is regulation, which is not a reasonable request.
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Phineas Hezzlenin - Sat, 25 Apr 2020 23:49:18 EST FcbnKuYv No.184696 Reply
Big Governments + Mega Corporations = Fascism
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Reuben Chammerkedge - Sun, 31 May 2020 17:27:31 EST 4X6KzP6v No.185688 Reply
>>185676
Ok terrorist. Go beg the gongfei for asylum while you can.
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Samuel Bizzlelock - Sun, 31 May 2020 22:34:28 EST fxZPTs+O No.185689 Reply
>>185688
>terrorist

This word has never meant anything but it especially doesn't mean anything now. You know the "law and order" strategy is one based on terrorism, right? I mean, it's literally instilling terror in the populace to enforce a political agenda, and that's whack yo!

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