Recent history seems to give the lie to leftist assertions that capitalists are committed to a laissez faire economy and elimination of governmental regulatory burdens on business. If one researches the contributions of many large corporations and the grants of substantial sums from large "philanthropic" foundations it becomes readily apparent that in fact these entities are for the most part investing in government intervention in order to generate accretions to their bottom line. The recent emergence of businesses dedicated to environmental issues such as selling "carbon offsets" and manufacturing compact flourescent light bulbs are examples.
"Commerce watches government as a tick watches a cow. Getting money from the government is immensely profitable and in general easy, since the people who dispense it do not own it and so do not care what is done with it. Industry, understanding this perfectly, is always looking for something to sell to the government [or items/services that the government forces us to purchase such as so called "safety" items or insurance policies].
After 9/11, a huge market sprang up for the paraphernalia of security: metal detectors, x-ray gadgets for baggage, and such like. These things cost whole bunches. Airports after all have lots of gates. Here was a Comstock Lode for tech industry. Further, a new federal bureaucracy came into being, hiring large numbers of people, screeners and marshals and supervisory ’crats, who suddenly had a monetary interest in terrorism. When you get paid for solving a problem, the last thing you want to do is to solve it. Where would exterminators be without cockroaches?
The next time a leftist or environmentalist (redundancy alert) refers with disdain to Exxon Mobil's penurious grants to scientists who are skeptical of the catastrophic and anthropogenic effects on climate change, they should be reminded of the vast sums granted to scientists by government agencies and such as the Tides and Ford foundations as well as General Electric on condition that human causes be the designated villain.