OT - I don't _hate_ McMansions

Bryan Sant bryan.sant at gmail.com
Thu Jun 26 10:48:54 MDT 2008


On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 11:01 PM, Levi Pearson <levi at cold.org> wrote:
> 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.

I'm not aware of a pure data point to examine, however, whichever
society follows closest to laissez-faire prospers the most.  History
is pretty clear on this.  Consider the following:

Milton Friedman - Greed
http://youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A

Liberals and the fall of Detroit
http://youtube.com/watch?v=oNM6HHJTUMM&feature=related

Tax Rates and Job Creation
http://youtube.com/watch?v=pUxOk-G3VS0&feature=related

Leftist Views
http://youtube.com/watch?v=M8IAfkDBjr0&feature=related

Friedman on Limited Government (long, 29 min)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6813529239937418232

-Bryan



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