Of course, admitting that I am wrong when the evidence is clear also allows me to learn from others and keep my worldview anchored to empirics. How can I expect to challenge my biases, if I cannot even cede minor points when the evidence is clear? Instead of demonizing others by casting them into stereotypes and concluding that they just don't understand, we do have the opportunity to learn and become more persuasive with a larger group of people.
But we can agree to disagree on who misunderstood what. The thread is here people can draw their own conclusions.
Last edited by Realist1; 08-17-09 at 07:45 PM.
Yeah I guess thatís right. In your ideal world, the police let private enterprise take care of their own security. Courts donít enforce contracts because the will of the people is that government has NO business in private enterprise. Monopolies certainly arenít regulated and are free to cause as many market inefficiencies as they desire. Hell, lead paint is still allowed and its vendors arenít even compelled to let consumers know about the paintís content. No need for an official currency to have a place in private enterprise. I guess businesses can create their own bartering mechanisms. Perhaps they can trade in gold or just pure goods. At least government wonít be able to print its way out of debt!!! This is quite a compelling vision of a society that youíre advocating. I mean I wouldnít want to live in it, but then again, I foolishly think government can play a useful role in private enterprise.
On the bright side, I guess pirates could make a comeback, since they would be a private enterprise and the government would have no business telling them what they can and cannot do. This would probably add a lot of adventure to New Orleans and Miami. Plus militias could become professional private security forces with absolutely no regulation. Tons of fun to be had in a never-never land comprised of fearful armed adults. On second thought maybe I am game.
Let's debunk a right wing talking point.
Unions are bad for us.
Highest Standard of Living Countries as measured by the Human Developement Index 2006.
1 Iceland 0.968 ▲ +0.001
2 Norway 0.968 ▲ +0.001
3 Canada 0.967 ▲ +0.002
4 Australia 0.965 ▲ +0.002
5 Ireland 0.960 ▲ +0.002
6 Netherlands 0.958 ▲ +0.002
7 Sweden 0.958 ▲ +0.001
8 Japan 0.956 ▲ +0.003
9 Luxembourg 0.956 ▲ +0.002
10 Switzerland 0.955 ▲ +0.002
11 France 0.955 ▲ +0.002
12 Finland 0.954 ▲ +0.004
13 Denmark 0.952 ▲ +0.003
14 Austria 0.951 ▲ +0.003
15 United States 0.950 ▬
"Icelandic workers are among the most unionized in the world with more than 85% of them belonging to a union. "
" Norway: Unionization rate 60 %."
In fact every single country that ranks above the USA has higher union participation rates! Every single one!
Last edited by dragondad; 08-19-09 at 12:31 AM.
Originally Posted by Realist1
I "note" I haven't a clue what you mean by "my"...Sloppy Jimbo. The Police aren't a Private Enterprise, are they? The Courts originally were designed to "Follow the Will of the People" in Laws passed "By the People".
Not "Make Law".... We, the People make the Law.
You then procede to babble on about Pirates, Paint, and Militias...
Last edited by Realist1; 08-19-09 at 05:16 AM.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Two of them "crossed over" to the other side....
As soon as the non-union job came open, they bid it, and got it.
Really competent workers usually don't need a union.
But having said that, there are times when management can be so very stupid that they are practically begging for a union to be formed...
Oracle of Utah
Truth rings hollow in empty heads.