NEGATIVE COUNTERPLAN FREE MARKET 81
NO PERMUTATION FREE MARKET MUST OPERATE WITHOUT GOVERNMENT
REAL MARKET BASED SELF-REGULATION WILL WORK, BUT IT WILL TAKE TIME AND WILL EVOLVE AND MUIST AVOID TOP-DOWN COMMANDS
Solveig Singleton, director of information studies at the Cato Institute, 1999, " Self-Regulation: Real Markets Versus Regulatory Manias"http://www.cfp99.org/program/papers/singleton.htm // acs-EE2001
Understanding that a market is a bottom-up learning process helps us to accept as inescapable realities several features of self-regulation. First, establishing a system of self-regulation will take time. We should not forget that electronic commerce is still in its adolescence.
Second, the goals of a system of self-regulation will evolve and change over time, and will vary widely across the e-commerce marketplace. Entrepreneurs will make informed guesses about privacy policies to allay their customer's fears (if any) of doing business online. Some entrepreneurs will get it wrong, and lose ground; others will get it right, succeed, and be imitated by late-comers. But entrepreneurs must be permitted to take their cues from the results of engaging in the marketplace, not from top-down commands.