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アメリカは仕組まれている

 
The system is rigged.と叫んでいるエリザベスウォーレンを少し前に紹介しました。



Rigged economyというのはSanders陣営も使っているようです。



なんとも大げさな表現だと冷ややかに見ていたのですが、ある意味的を得ていると今週のEconomistが主張していました。アメリカ経済は独占化が進み、自由な競争が行われていないという現状を様々な統計を基に見事に分析してくれています。

Business in America
Too much of a good thing
Profits are too high. America needs a giant dose of competition

Mar 26th 2016 | From the print edition

What is true of the airline industry is increasingly true of America’s economy as a whole. Profits have risen in most rich countries over the past ten years but the increase has been biggest for American firms. Coupled with an increasing concentration of ownership, this means the fruits of economic growth are being hoarded. This is probably part of the reason that two-thirds of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, have come to believe that the economy “unfairly favours powerful interests”, according to polling by Pew, a research outfit. It means that when Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the Democratic contenders for president, say that the economy is “rigged”, they have a point.

社説を読んで意外だったのはスタートアップなどが不利な状況に置かれているということでした。自由経済のアメリカというのは現状を表していないのかもしれません。

Business in America
The problem with profits
Big firms in the United States have never had it so good. Time for more competition

Mar 26th 2016 | From the print edition

The second step is to make life easier for startups and small firms. Concerns about the expansion of red tape and of the regulatory state must be recognised as a problem, not dismissed as the mad rambling of anti-government Tea Partiers. The burden placed on small firms by laws like Obamacare has been material. The rules shackling banks have led them to cut back on serving less profitable smaller customers. The pernicious spread of occupational licensing has stifled startups. Some 29% of professions, including hairstylists and most medical workers, require permits, up from 5% in the 1950s.

このような既得権益者たちへの反感がトランプ旋風の追い風となっているのかもしれません。
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