Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Capitalism: A Double Edged Sword

Capitalism not only builds the economy by promoting competition and hard work, but it also allows a potential enemy access to key infrastructure. A former military officer of the PLA (The People's Liberation Army) of China started a business dealing with military communication networks back in 1988 and called it Huawei. Huawei has been linked with the oil for food scandal under Saddam Hussien as well as the Taliban and a Pentagon official said they are "up to their eye balls with the Chinese Military". Today, a potential merger has been announced between 3Com and Huawei. 3Com is a network manufacturer based out of Massachusetts who has contracts with the Department of Defense (DOD). Several military officials have expressed concern concerning the potential merger.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-What do you do with a situation like this in a capitalistic society?
-Can/should the government step in to keep a merger from happening that would allow enemies of the state access to key DOD technologies?
-Should you take the bad with the good under a capitalsitic society?
-Does this fall under the "law" of political correctness?

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