I saw this garbage on Facebook about solar energy being capable of providing for our energy needs if it weren’t for those profit-driven big businesses. Apparently, it’s from a supposed anarchist group, Anarchadia.
PROFIT INVOLVES COMPETITION
The logic is completely twisted. First of all, it lumps rich people as one collective whole that thinks and acts in unison.
In fact, the rich have to compete with others to become and remain rich. This constant challenging of how things are done makes possible the creation of new markets. Say, with solar energy, if it really had such utility for people, it wouldn’t matter that rich businesses that use traditional energy were opposed to it ― unless they derive favors from the government, which is not a market entity and is a barrier to competition.
FILLING GAPS IN CONSUMERS’ NEEDS
If some utility is to be derived by an existing technology, there would be someone to take advantage of the absence of its usage, e.g. solar power, and this itself would be a profitable endeavor.
And to think lowly of something just because it is profitable is to be completely oblivious to the ‘how’ of profiting, that is, providing services desired by people.
Furthermore, there is no such thing as not being profit-oriented. Even the ‘non-profit’ group Anarchadia is providing its information service ― the stupidity they preach is irrelevant ― for some objective, even if this isn’t remuneration in the financial sense.
GOVERNMENT IN THE WAY
So someone is lying or stupid when they say that solar energy is viable at present. The capital and know-how required for its development is still lacking.
However, perhaps there are things hindering ‘renewable energy.’ This may have to do with lobbyists among oil corporations and the like to bar competition via government.
But the solution to this is not to get government subsidies. First, it would be anti-consumer for the basis of ‘profit’ of ‘green’ firms to be government muscle rather than the meeting of actual consumer preferences.
Second, this just makes for an endless trumping among various interests seeking government favor. When some new law can render one’s business practices illegal overnight, this makes for uncertainty and less consumer-oriented endeavors.
FALSE ANARCHY IS CHAOS
The problem with supposed ‘anarchists’ is that in opposing present governments, they reject the basis of peace and order altogether: the right to property, the affirmation of which is usurped but actually not dependent on governments.
Without property rights, we only have conflict as to how existing resources are to be used. And without affirmation of even the control of our bodies, which are after all our property, we only have violence to determine affairs. What so-called anarchists ought to reject about government ― the initiation of violence ― is to nonetheless be institutionalized under a property-less system. Which shows that these Anarchadia folk aren’t actually anarchists at all, or are only so in the most superficial, practically meaningless sense.
If the sun is to become a more widely used energy source, this will have to come about in a profit-based private property setting to have any relevance to consumer needs.