I'm taking a strident position to help Randy develop his ideas, that's all. Though, by the way, the reason that the FCC doesn't do anything is almost certainly that, like all other government regulatory agencies, it is stocked with people from the industry. They (industry) do this strategically, of course, by design, and if they don't others will, so they kind of HAVE to. Capitalistic enterprise can work, especially if it is kept small ... but these huge things mean huge concentrations of wealth which means huge concentrations of power, and power, as we know, tends to corrupt. ....and, again, as corporations are currently conceived, (only thing that matters is the bottom line) they are fundamentally anti-social. If a person has the trait of "All other values must stand aside for the love of money", well there is a term, a diagnosis, actually, for that: Sociopathic Personality Disorder. These people are typically dangerous predators. ...somehow it is okay if it is a group instead...?
Clearly, there is a problem. Randy is currently with the 'blame the victim' crowd. ... and a bit acrid about it at that. It isn't that I am a democrat (gag!) ... the only reason ever, in the last several decades, at least, to vote for a democrat is that they are not republicans. But the whole 'blame the underclass and harvest them for the fattening of the rich' ... well, it's just ruthless darwinism. The universe DOES seem to be darwinistic at that, though, doesn't it? So maybe Randy is right and we should all just be cannibals: Corporations are: last one alive on the planet wins! Maybe Tom got it wrong and the LCS wants a bunch of gladiators afterall... swords, lions, blood, victory ....? It would make more sense in interpreting Earth's history that way, wouldn't it?
Don't take me too seriously here :-)
You are on to something by directing your attention to corrupt regulators. Business is set up (naturally arises) with the express purpose of generating a profit margin, and with the presumption of a quality bell curve among its players which will yield some bad behavior - where bad behavior is not naturally corrected by astute consumer choices, this is called a "market failure", and justifies government regulation.
high entropy behavior on the part of regulators is where the action is - where citizens should seek reward for effort. A small flashlight can have large results. One low entropy individual within a regulatory agency is all that is required to keep things on track. A TOEish profession would be to obtain the credentials and work for a regulator. Trying to push the string of bad corporate behavior is a much bigger stone to push up the hill.
The key here is to fundamentally trust the invisible hand that arises when businesses compete in the open market, and then step in to clean up the messes that arise, best you can, like following a parade with horses. Putting any function under the operational management of a bureaucracy is much much worse, as there is no push back on high entropy decisions or simple lazyness, and the political process just exacerbates the problem - ie. Fanny Mai/Freddie Mac
The citizen has absolute control over Walmart through what you pick off the shelf...and virtually no control over the post office.