I'm not taking it to that degree. I have a strong respect for logistics, processes, and services. To me, I take the Six Sigma approach to value-added (Transforms the item/service toward completion, Customer cares (willing to pay for it), Done right the first time). So transportation of a good is still a value added activity.The problem wasn't so much that they got it wrong. Errors will eventually correct, if allowed to.The problem was that they looked at a situation, decided (albeit erroneously) that the situation wasn't right, and used force to change the situation to their own preferences.Which is the same thing you are doing in posing the question.Under that definition, manipulation of money is still value-added, of course, as it transforms money towards a particular goal, which is more money, and clearly people are willing to pay for that. Whether it's done right the first time, well... But there is still a significant difference in the amount of wealth created solely through manipulation of existing wealth and wealth created through any other means. You happen to identify one particular thing as good, but then proceed to identify another particular thing as bad. And the follow-on is that you think the situation that you identify as bad should be corrected by force.That what the UUSR (specifically Lenin & Stalin) did. They thought a thing was bad. In hindsight, we realize that they made an error. But at the time, they thought they were NOT in error.============And this ENTIRE thread does not belong on the MI board.
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