RANT ADDENDUM

Yesterday I came across a perfect example of what I was going on about the other day. A recent New Yorker article describes the phenomenon of ticket reselling: buying up huge blocks of concert tickets at the price  the acts want to sell them for, and then charging the people who actually want to see the concert much more. Much much more. These speculators add absolutely no value to the tickets or the concerts; they just insert themselves into the process and take money from it. I imagine a true free-market conservative would find nothing wrong with this practice. These people are entrepreneurs, after all. They're working capitalism for unearned money, just as the bankers and hustlers who inserted themselves into the mortgage stream did. And look where we are now. Okay, I'll stop now. For the moment.