OT - I don't _hate_ McMansions
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).
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