Politicians quoting Rothbard is not ironic at all.
Its funny becuase they pick and choose what laws they like, so why not pick and choose what parts of philosophy they like right?
Uhhhh last time I checked rothbard believed in voting…ya know for politicians.
Are you seriously complaining someone in government quoted someone you look up to? That’s a good thing! It means libertarianism is gaining influence. Quite your whining.
Idk where you are getting at That that he supported voting, since he was an anarchist. If you are referring to his “support” of the first Bush then you are mistaken. He never actually supported him, but said he would be better than the guy running against him.
The irony is a man who’s salary is funded by tax dollars complaining about tax dollars.
You’re so obnoxious. Yes, fine, it’s ironic. So what? CAN YOU NOT FUCKING APPRECIATE THAT SOMEONE, ANYONE, TOLD THOSE FUCKERS OFF EXACTLY HOW ONE OF US WOULD HAVE? Jesus fucking Christ.
I 100% support voting when that vote helps rid of government and it’s power. It’s your duty to vote away as much government and taxation as possible when they give you the chance.
Look at New Hampshire, they voted to get rid of state income tax and it worked. Are you telling me it was wrong of them to vote for such a thing?
Anonymous asked: Is there any social safety net you do believe in? Yea Obamacare sucks, but if noone paid $200 for that advil, would the drug companies make enough to create the next drug? Where's the enhanced profit to pay for R&D? Why does it cost so much more for an MRI here vs abroad? Or medical school in general? Absent Defense, and maybe not even that, is there anything you believe the government should be involved in?
Social Security if the worst ponzi scheme in human history (besides the dollar, but that’s one long and complex story for another time). I don’t know much about Medicare or Medicaid, I just know that we keep having to reform it because it always on the brink of going broke. Sounds like a real winner.
I don’t know if there is anything I support to be run by the gov’t. Not saying that government was never necessary or that it hasn’t done any good. I just think that we’ve come to the point that there are too many people, access to information is much better with the internet and wireless communication and that people are ready (ready enough) to evolve passed this idea of government.
Yes, people would come up with an advil, even if they couldn’t charge $200 for it. People create things without having “money” as a motivator all the time. But there is always an incentive. Doesn’t have to be profit. It could be that they have a need to fill or they just like creating, but there’s always an incentive. But for many, it is money. Not solely, but mainly.
You’re also right to say that $200 for an advil is the market rate and the market always finds the most efficient price. Yes, I’d agree with that, but it’s not an efficient market, there are certain artificial prices floors and inflators. So while $200 is the market rate given the market conditions, I think that we can fix the conditions.
Most of the R&D costs in this country have to do with gov’t regulations and trials and retrials and all of the costs that are tied up in there. Those same costs don’t exist around the world and you can find many drugs in markets (legal, as well) outside of America that aren’t legal here. Not because they’re ruled illegal, but because they haven’t passed the approval process yet.
Then there’s the issue of such his litigation costs for both doctors and pharma. But that’s also a different story. We are a litigious culture, and I know you’re a lawyer and you might not agree, but high volume of laws and suits is a death spell for a country. We’re eating ourselves from the inside out in many industries.
The craziest part about the cost of procedures in this country is that other countries have to import machines and operators from western countries, like America and they still cost less over there. Why is that? I don’t really know but if I had to guess, I’d say the admin (insurance) costs, legal costs and the abuse of services since people don’t directly pay for an MRI. If you only think the cost of the MRI to you is the $50 co-pay, how much more likely are you to force your way into a machine for your knee pain? What if you knew that it would cost you $50 co-pay and premiums would go up $10/month for the rest of your life? We don’t EVER calculate for that second cost. In many ways, this cost being hidden makes people more willing to get care but in many more ways, it adds to the total cost of the system and we all end up paying for that system. A side note: I was just doing research for a business proposal about imaging costs; it costs about $100 for an MRI in Eastern Europe/Russia (without insurance!)
Medical school is expensive because it can be. It’s a highly specialized school with years and years of education and training and there’s a very limited number of positions. The real question should be “Why is medical school as cheap as a Law degree or a Masters in Business?” A 3rd tangent topic is how big of a scam 3 years of law school is. It’s probably a big driver in increased medical costs. All there lawyers with very few corporate jobs waiting for them. What’s the best place to go? Personal injury. No offense to all my PI attorneys, but the abuse in this sector is rampant and disgusting. Let’s not pretend otherwise. Every time you promise a client a payout, you’re fucking the entire system, including your client.
What should the gov’t be involved in? Not sure. I know that we can scale it back. Way back. Get them out of a lot of industry. Maybe we can just leave them to run the courts and postal service and make those services self-sufficient. Perhaps some form of military which scales down every year until it’s not there anymore. Private courts are very possible as is mitigation. The postal service won’t last, I like to just see it try mainly because their failure would be funny and their survival would be cool to see.
But obviously none of this can just happen overnight. Anyone who thinks so is silly. Got to peel back the layers of the onion. But eventually, I don’t think there should be anything run by a gov’t unless it’s agreed upon by 100% of the people who fund it.
Voting should go digital. We should be informed of every single issue and vote on it via some sort of web access. You don’t have to vote, but if you do, you also have to pay for the services you vote for. e.g. you want trash service and I don’t. You vote yes, I vote no. For everyone that voted yes, a second tax notice is served and you see what the cost is. You either accept it (that’s your final YES vote) and you pay that fee or you say NO (if you said NO the first time, you’re left alone, you don’t pay for it and you don’t get garbage collection from the city). It’s pretty simple.
Same with voting for war. You vote YES, you get a bill AND you have to serve. You want war, cool. I don’t. You can pay for it and fight it and give your life for it.
If it’s anything worth paying for people will pay for it and if it’s useless, people won’t. This way you only get the services you want and you only pay “tax” on services you want/need/use. If you want to use the roads, you pay the fee, get a pass and you can drive. If you don’t have the pass, you can’t get on the roads. If you’re caught on a paid road without a license, you’re kicked off and they can impound your property and use it as payment for your usage because you’re trespassing.
This way no majority can force a minority into paying for anything. It’s no longer rule by majority. It’s rule by individuals for individuals. 200+ years ago, we didn’t have the technology for this and a democratic republic was the best option. Today, we do, yet we refuse to evolve our culture and adapt technology to make life better for everyone.
This was way too long. i apologize.
It’s 2013, why aren’t we voting on everything on a daily basis using the internet? Why do we still have to drive somewhere?
I still wouldn’t cast a vote for Rand Paul. I wouldn’t cast a vote for anyone but I really wouldn’t cast a vote for Rand. Lots of faults.
If voting is patriotic I don’t want to do it.
If people died in wars so that I can vote, they were idiots
If you vote, you are complicit in the consequences and have no right to complain
One who votes only exchanges masters
Voting is tyrannical. You are making decisions for me.
There exists no means to involuntarily become a debt slave save government.
Finally, I offer the coup de grâce:
If, in an anarchistic world, private organisations that we understand to be corporations would rule the working class with eternal servitude,