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Thread: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Libman View Post
    Don't buy chicken unless it was certified by a reputable quality assurance agency. Since in a free-market capitalist society no one can take a single penny from you without you consent (unless you initiate aggression against them first), this creates an incentive on the seller to compete to prove the quality of his products. It's probable that most stores won't even carry any uncertified products out of fear for their reputation.

    With centralized government force you get a single one-size-fits-all solution with a single point of failure. With a polycentric system you get many competing solutions, and thus transparency - everybody is watching everybody else, and anybody is incentivized to be a whistle-blower. Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.

    Competition also creates an incentive for innovation: one meat certification agency may do things cheaper than the rest, while another would be so paranoid you'd be able to download that chicken's whole life story on high-def video, including its genealogy and the names of every person who've handled it, and a nutrition label that's ten pages long.
    By free market theory that is true, unfortuantly when many of those regulations were created the free market didn't go fast enough to supply those regulation services to people.

    For instance, when regulations on meat products were made people were always afraid that when they bought meat it had strange ingredients.


    The market may be able to correct that today, but the period of going from government regulations to private companies would be painful for many people. Maybe there is some report out there about getting rid of consumer protection regulations.

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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by nerv14 View Post
    By free market theory that is true, unfortuantly when many of those regulations were created the free market didn't go fast enough to supply those regulation services to people.
    I agree. There simply did not exist, an efficient means of communication in which to convey relevant information. Even with technological gains, the case of a "free market" induced information industry emerging to manage such demand for quality assurance is arbitrary at best. IMHO, many governmental regulations and the lot (consumer protection) are essential due to network externalities, where the use of said communication becomes even more productive with the increase in total users.

    For instance, when regulations on meat products were made people were always afraid that when they bought meat it had strange ingredients.
    Courts have seemed to side with the consumer when they use a given product in a manner of which it was not intended. This has led to the over labeling of products under the pretense of lawsuits, although the existence of such product warnings probably has more to do with companies losing frivolous lawsuits. Have the warnings reduced accidental death or injury?

    Network externalities exist as a barrier to provide accurate information for the consumer in food markets. Consider the restaurant industry. It is only recently that nutrition facts have been available, almost in an exponential fashion given popular apps on I-Phones and Blackberry's. This is a disservice to some restaurants like Outback Steack house. There are nearly 3,000 calories in their Aussie Cheese Fries

    The market may be able to correct that today, but the period of going from government regulations to private companies would be painful for many people. Maybe there is some report out there about getting rid of consumer protection regulations.
    The transaction costs that would arise without our basic consumer protection agencies would have most likely trumped the nominal/social costs of supporting them via taxation and regulation. Is a private market a viable alternative? Possibly. Yet the anti government crowd tends to shy away from talk of externalities (social cost > private benefit) and transactional cost even though they are essential to the basic libertarian foundations.
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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by nerv14 View Post
    By free market theory that is true, unfortuantly when many of those regulations were created the free market didn't go fast enough to supply those regulation services to people.
    You are comparing what is to what could have been. The government has the luxury of using force to jump in front of any parade and take all credit. Free market solutions must come about organically, and when they do, they're always better than government force, because each solution is individually chosen by each participant in a reality-based economic environment.

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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    A nation that doesn't exercise some control of its borders and of immigration is likely to not stay a nation long. What's to stop a "third column" invasion of alleged immigrants from forming a majority and taking over the country, warping it away from its existing structure and imposing a new structure? Or if not the whole country, a large chunk of it? With unrestricted immigration, Texas NM and Ok could break away and become "Aztlan" within a generation. That's not paranoid fantasy; google "Reconquista".
    I said phase out all limits to immigration, which means increasing legal immigration gradually. (Here's a thread with me debating non-gradualist libertarians on this issue.) Most immigration-related problems come from democracy and the welfare state, not the immigrants themselves.

    Since there'll initially be far more applicants than spots, it makes perfect sense to choose entry privileges based on merit: why should some Mexican plumber find it easier to enter this country than a Chinese PhD? And anyone wearing an Osama bin Laden or a Che Guevara t-shirt should definitely be turned back.


    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    More radical than I've even heard most die-hard Libertarians talk, and arguably not a libertarian position even: wouldn't the exploitation of children in this manner constitute an "initiation of fraud"? The problem with kiddie porn is that it involves the exploitation of minors in ways they may well be too young to really understand, and to comprehend the implications and personal effects. I've said I'd prefer a Libertarian state to what we have now, but NOT if it doesn't protect young children from exploitation. You can't allow a six-year-old to freely contract with adults, they don't understand what they're getting into.
    Let's not hijack this thread with this divisive worst-case scenario. You can read some of my arguments on this issue elsewhere.


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    You're not helping Libertarianism with stuff like that, Alex.
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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    The idea is this: Any party out of power is going to be critical of those in power. This is the natural order, and simply put, it's easier to get a negative message out, and often more effective. What I wonder these days is if the natural tendency to do this has not escalated to the point where it will end up hurting the republicans. For some examples:

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/us-pol...nly-540-a.html

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/breaki...sm-edited.html

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/us-pol...eader-wtf.html

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/breaki...-8-2009-a.html

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/conspi...n-too-old.html

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/conspi...gain-hosp.html

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/us-par...lim-roots.html

    Stepping away from our liberal or conservatives ideologies, how do you think the independents and middle of the road types view these types of attacks? Is making attacks on these type of issues the right thing to do for republicans, is it going too far and going to hurt republicans, or won't it have any effect?

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    It's no where near as bad as the criticism that been thrown at Republicans. Obama's kids haven't been called whores. His wife hasn't been accused of any crimes. Faked info about Obama hasn't been pastered all over the internet and television. Right wing criticism of Obama has been tame by comparison, so I don't think the Righties have anything to worry about.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Libman View Post
    I said phase out all limits to immigration, which means increasing legal immigration gradually. (Here's a thread with me debating non-gradualist libertarians on this issue.) Most immigration-related problems come from democracy and the welfare state, not the immigrants themselves.
    Agreed.

    Since there'll initially be far more applicants than spots, it makes perfect sense to choose entry privileges based on merit: why should some Mexican plumber find it easier to enter this country than a Chinese PhD? And anyone wearing an Osama bin Laden or a Che Guevara t-shirt should definitely be turned back.
    Why stop there? An increasing population is one of, if not, the best path to economic growth. Having an open immigration policy combined with a specific grace period to receive even basic welfare benefits sounds like a great idea. There will be those who say that is not fair, but why should it only be the American taxpayers who bare all sacrifices?
    It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    It's no where near as bad as the criticism that been thrown at Republicans. Obama's kids haven't been called whores. His wife hasn't been accused of any crimes. Faked info about Obama hasn't been pastered all over the internet and television. Right wing criticism of Obama has been tame by comparison, so I don't think the Righties have anything to worry about.




    wingers are so forgetful about their "team's" past actions and words ... they went full on crazy in the Clinton years, then upped it when Obama won the primaries .
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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Libman View Post

    Let's not hijack this thread with this divisive worst-case scenario. You can read some of my arguments on this issue elsewhere.
    Thank you, intresting thread. Also intresting that you're listed as "banned" there in the James Randi forum....how hard is it to get banned there btw?

    I read that thread, and imo those arguing against your child-porn position pretty much cleaned your clock. (I'm going to pull a few examples from that thread and post them here, and I'm only doing so since you provided the link and invited me to consider your position based on that thread. )

    When you take positions like this:


    It is up to the victim (i.e. the child OR the parents / guardians) to decide if the crime has taken place, not the government.
    Children are not capable of giving informed consent
    Yes, and if children were materializing from the sky and dropping into international waters, the law would have a very difficult time establishing the chain of custody. I don't want to spoil your innocence by telling you where babies come from, but it's usually pretty easy to tell at least who the mommy is, and family law procedures (or, in a free market, "sex contracts") can usually find the daddy as well.

    That's why children's self-ownership rights cannot be recognized in full (i.e. no rights to liberty and property) until they reach the "age of reason" (say 18) or are emancipated by a jury. You're in effect saying that this gap in rights should be filled by the government - effectively giving the government control of all children. I'm saying that this gap should be filled by the parents (or guardians to whom they've transfered this privilege).
    ...is why people have trouble taking you seriously.

    So you're saying that if a 5 year old stars in a child-porn flick, and his parents signed the consent contract, and the kid doesn't complain (probably because he's been brainwashed not to) that you're ok with that because the parents are ok with it?? That's just wrong.





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    Yeah well, lotsa luck with that. I'm glad most Libertarians recognize that there is a need to protect children from exploitation.

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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Libman View Post
    You are comparing what is to what could have been. The government has the luxury of using force to jump in front of any parade and take all credit. Free market solutions must come about organically, and when they do, they're always better than government force, because each solution is individually chosen by each participant in a reality-based economic environment.
    That is very true, I was not comparing the government today with what could have been, I was comparing it to what it was.

    If you have any information of a place like Hong Kong or Singapore having an effective free market solution to food regulations, then that would be some "what is" evidence for you.

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    Re: Have the Republican Gone Too Far in Criticizing Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Thank you, intresting thread. Also intresting that you're listed as "banned" there in the James Randi forum....how hard is it to get banned there btw?
    If you're an outspoken libertarian like me - very easy.


    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    So you're saying that if a 5 year old stars in a child-porn flick, and his parents signed the consent contract, and the kid doesn't complain (probably because he's been brainwashed not to) that you're ok with that because the parents are ok with it?? That's just wrong.
    I agree, that's wrong, but it shouldn't be illegal. You are free to ostracize those people, I know I definitely would, but you cannot initiate aggression against them.


    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Yeah well, lotsa luck with that. I'm glad most Libertarians recognize that there is a need to protect children from exploitation.
    There is a need to protect everyone from aggression, but sexual morality is subjective.

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