Businesses that charge more for an inferior product would never survive unless the choices of the consumer were limited, coerced or manipulated.
The way the market works out, there often isn't any opportunity to present a choice. All the world's businesses and institutions could easily stop using Office products and start using something else, but the need for full interbusiness compatibility means there can only be one.
Marketing, geography, and a desire for familiarity can all allow this sort of practice to survive. The bookstore I mentioned survives because, if you need something before your next class starts, you have little other choice- Staples exists, but is a good distance away. Why does Lucky Charms survive alongside similar-tasting sugary offbrands? 'Cause the offbrands don't have an ad campaign with Leprechauns. Don't get me going on advertising though.
I personally do not want to get rid of capitalism. I want to prune it, stake it, and make it into English topiary. There should be rules, but they should foster desirable growth and limit undesirable growth to create a landscape that is both sustainable and not trying very hard to kill you. Certain people here would let it run wild and turn into a rather vicious, dark and pointlessly deadly jungle.
The more you complain, the less I care about your problems.
"Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed." Proverbs 19:17
"Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Luke 12:33-34
Indeed, God's message has always been it pays to trust him and hurts not to. It pays to keep scripture in context.
If you want to "live off the land" per say, you already enjoy the freedom to do so. I however like the fact that people grow and raise my food. I appreciate that they prepare it and send it to the markets so all I have to do is purchase it. And I don't mind paying a fair price for that convenience. I just don't feel so entitles to think all those fine folk owe it to me to do what they do for free. I frankly don't understand why you think they owe you a free life sort a speak.
I agree. Capitalism works best when there is legislation keeping it from becoming a heartless jungle. But to swing the pendulum too far the other way as truthreality suggest eliminates the incentives that would cause people to want to provide services and products for the rest of us. To me that world would be just as cruel.
We tend to believe as we're told, given the training or procedures to follow.
Post by post, building his arguments by smashing a couple of theirs -- for America.