Saturday, June 24, 2006

ASG's Battle With Hawaiian Air Covered in 'Honolulu Advertiser'

Stuart K. Hayashi

As you can see here, here, here, here, here, and here, ASG Critique founder and editor-in-chief Talifaitasi "Tali" Satele has been following the controversy over the America Samoan governor's attempt to punish Hawaii Airlines for "price-gounging" on its route from American Samoa to Hawaii. The governor's rhetoric brings to mind the same fallacies that mainland Americans spouted when calling for passage of the Interstate Commerce Act to regulate freight rates when the railroads charged higher rates on cargo delivery for shorter lines than longer ones.

The Friday, June 23, 2006 edition of the Honolulu Advertiser ran an Associated Press article on this subject titled "Hawaiian Air Won't Pull Out of Route."

Tali, what do you think of it?


At 8:59 AM , Blogger TikiPundit said...

Tell you what I think. It's very strange that the lone commercial carrier would be asked to pull out of the route. By the Guv, no less.

Very strange.

There's got to be a ton of back-room business going on. I've got Tali on RSS so have read all posts about the air routes business and I still don't feel in the know about the motivations the government has about this. That's not Tali's fault, it's the government's fault.

I'd recommend, "follow the money." That's what criminal investigators, economists, social scientists all do, with usually enlightening results.

In comparison, could you imagine Gov Lingle asking Hawaiian and Aloha to "pull out" of Hawai'i because of a price dispute???

At 12:36 PM , Blogger Stuart K. Hayashi said...

Thank you for the feedback, TikiPundit!

Tali has the comments section open because he invites all readers to challenge him and play Devil's Advocate, bouncing ideas around with him so that the final drafts of his letters to Samoa News can be the clearest they can be. So please feel free to post more comments. ;-)

Tali, what say you?

At 7:55 PM , Blogger Talifaitasi Satele said...

i really appreciate your comments.

at this point, i don't want to be right about the guv benefiting from chasing HAL out of the market. no one wins then. i just hate it when politicians can take advantage of people's emotions and misunderstanding of economics to grandstand or expand their power. it's like ken's philosophy video that shows that it is good people who empower bad people to do evil things. it's just discerning to have to continually explain the unintended consequences of taking the short cut of force to achieve one's ends.

At 1:12 AM , Blogger Stuart K. Hayashi said...

Who is this "Ken" character you speak of, and what is his "philosophy"? I take it that the majority of this blog's readers do not know who or what is being referred to. Are you talking about the philosophy of Kenny Rogers? I love his music!

Or are you referring to this video, "The Philosophy of Liberty," written by Prof. Ken Schoolland?

Tali says he takes issue with how people use the government to take "the short cut of force" to "achieve" their own "ends."

This reminds me of a point St. Augustine made in The City of God. I have many disagreements with St. Augustine's view, but I believe he was very wise to note that emperors are really pirates whom people mistakenly believe to have some air of moral legitimacy. As he says in Book IV, Chapter 4:

"Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, 'What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.'"

Is the problem with the world today not that too many people sanction the arrogation of power by piratical emperors?


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