Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?

Kyle Waters unum at unum5.org
Wed Jun 26 12:50:13 MDT 2013

On 06/26/2013 11:36 AM, keith smith wrote:
> That is not econ.  That is Gov spending.
> Econ to me is in the market place, goods and services.

So let's say I buy something.  I don't know what.  Let's say it's boiler 
plate for my steam boat.  I buy that plate from a guy in Ohio who has 
built a lot of steam boats. Let's say he short changes me on the 
thickness of the boiler plate and why I'm on my steam it explodes and 
kills me.  Now the libertarian approach to this situation has three 
arguments 1. Be an expert on every single subject so that no one can 
ever trick you 2. hire several experts on every single subject to advise 
you before you make any purchase 3. your family can sue the boiler plate 
company out of existence.  I'd like to point out that number 3 would 
involve 1. force 2. the federal government and it would effect the 
economy(transferring a large sum of money from an entity in one state to 
an entity in an other).

There are ways of implement argument #2 that could work.  Especially in 
a properly educated society.  Instead of having an FDA we would have an 
independent non-profit that would pay be hired by the drug companies to 
certify their drugs actually work and don't kill you, and nobody would 
buy drugs that hadn't been certified by a reputable non-profit(or even 
for profit) independent tester.  Nice theory, but I just don't see how 
it could really be any better than our current system.  I don't see how 
the testing organization won't eventually succumb to the drug 
companies(Sure a new "good" one would be formed, but it would be a never 
ending cycle).

People have pointed out industries where this type of thing does work, 
but when ever I have looked into it there is always some  sort of 
government backing.


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