OT - I don't _hate_ McMansions

Levi Pearson levi at cold.org
Wed Jun 25 23:01:19 MDT 2008


Andy Bradford <amb-plug at bradfords.org> writes:
>> You  should buy  a few  hundred acres  and develop  "Coatesville" with
>> large lots and reasonable CC&Rs. I would move there :-).
>
> You  mean the  ``free  market'' where  people  voluntarily exchange  for
> things they desire more than what they have actually works and you would
> willingly particpate in  it? Of course this kind of  utopian thing can't
> work. Just look how well socialism works.

So, how well does pure laissez-faire capitalism work, eh?  We've had a
mixed economy for quite a long time, and it works pretty well.  Of
course, you probably believe that it would work much better without
all that government intervention, but I don't think there's a lot of
evidence towards that end, just a lot of rhetoric from the likes of
Milton Friedman and his ilk.

I think capitalist idealists are just as wonky as idealist socialists.
The theory sounds really nice, but I'm pretty sure it's not quite that
ideal when put into practice.  If you have real evidence to the
contrary (has there been a functioning pure laissez-faire economy that
remained that way for long enough to make a useful data point?) I'd
like to hear it.

                --Levi




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