OT - I don't _hate_ McMansions

Von Fugal von at fugal.net
Fri Jun 27 11:24:03 MDT 2008


<quote name="Levi Pearson" date="Fri, 27 Jun 2008 at 00:05 -0600">
> Andy Bradford <amb-plug at bradfords.org> writes:
> 
> > Actually, this is wrong. Government does not make hidden costs apparent,
> > and indeed  actually hides costs. There  are ample examples of  cases in
> > which the government didn't recognize property rights and ruled in favor
> > of socializing  pollution. If  it had instead  recognized the  rights of
> > those who  were being  polluted there would  actually be  less pollution
> > because  then companies  would know  they cannot  get away  with harming
> > someone's life.  Instead, they are  subsidized and the  costs socialized
> > where the costs truly become hidden.
> 
> Boy, you sure drank a lot of that libertarian kool-aid.  You have a
> lot more faith in the 'Invisible Hand' than I do.  You've got a
> distrust of government that borders on paranoia, and apparently a
> pretty narrow view of political and economic philosophy as evidenced
> by your repeated contrast of pure capitalism with pure socialism.
> There has been important economic philosophers besides Friedman and
> pals since Adam Smith and Karl Marx, you know.

Come back with that paranoia thing after we go to war with Iran and our
economy COMPLETELY collapses. We do distrust government because we have
to gumption to see what it is actually doing with it's ill-gotten power
and resist the urge to put our heads in the sand (it *is* very tempting
to go on with my 'ok' life and ignore the doom around me).

Von Fugal
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