Sunday, June 13, 2010

Quote of the day II

Matt Ridley:
Companies have a far shorter half-life than government agencies. Half the biggest American companies of 1980 have now disappeared by take-over or bankruptcy; half of today's biggest companies did not even exist in 1980. The same is not true of government monopolies: the Internal Revenue Service and the National Health Service will not die, however much incompetence they might display. Yet most anti-corporate activists have faith in the good will of the leviathans that can force you to do business with them, but are suspicious of the behemoths that have to beg for your business. I find that odd.
From Ridley's excellent book The Rational Optimist.

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