Government housing (like centralized planning of agriculture) only demonstrates the failure of the "well you have to have it so market rules don't apply" argument.
Wrong. Government housing is an excellent example of what happens when you let the government replace a market function. Destroyed communities yielding intergenerational patterns of self-destructive behavior locking people into cycles of poverty, crime, and squalor.That's an argument for why Capitalism doesn't work, that we need government housing.
Really?There is no such thing as government food ....
I wonder what I've been eating for the past 7 years or so, then....
I don't know what else to say except that this is completely backwards. Capitalism exposes all private actors, including insurance companies, to competition. It requires the intervention of government to reduce, shape, or anull the effects of that competition. For example, our sugar growers are able to charge Americans much higher prices than the international cost of sugar without fear of competition - because they are protected by the government.The government does not protect them from competition ... Capitalism does.
That is unfortunately not correct - which is why cuts to reimbursement schedules are de facto reductions in care.Healthcare insurance is ONLY DEALING WITH THE FUNDING, not delivery of healthcare ..... for gods sake, pay attention,
Oh, there's individual autonomy? Oh, well, never mind. I stand corrected - that's fantastic. Please let me know where to go to fill out the paperwork to opt out of Obamacare and Social Security. I will be there first thing tomorrow.Is that supposed to be an arugment? the main aspect of progressivism is left out, i.e. democracy and individual autonomy, it's an idiotic strawman.
Yes, the idea of "freedom" as "the government controlling ever increasing portions of your life in order to force enough redistribution in the attempt to meet a desired minimum set of results for all citizens" is indeed prisonesque.
Alexis de Toqueville (as is so often the case) described it particularly well:
...Thus, After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd....