Government Cash Support

Apple is a perfect example. In its early stages, the company received government cash support via a $500,000 small-business investment company grant. 

And every technology that makes the iPhone a smartphone owes its vision and funding to the state: the Internet, GPS, touch-screen displays, and even the voice-activated smartphone assistant Siri all received state cash. 

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency bankrolled the Internet, and the CIA and the military funded GPS. 

So, although the United States is sold to us as the model example of progress through private enterprise, innovation there has benefited from a very interventionist state.







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