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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    Contemporary Americans, on the whole, have a different conception of "Government that works" from libertarians.
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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    Quote Originally Posted by EgoffTib View Post
    Okay, so why do you feel that free market is not a good thing?
    People who do not compete well in a free market tend not to like it. People who think that they can become richer in a government controlled market (people who are rich because of the government rather than despite it) tend not to like a free market

    Most importantly, those who think they are smarter than the rate that the free market compensates them at tend to dislike the free market.



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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    People who do not compete well in a free market tend not to like it. People who think that they can become richer in a government controlled market (people who are rich because of the government rather than despite it) tend not to like a free market

    Most importantly, those who think they are smarter than the rate that the free market compensates them at tend to dislike the free market.
    Why is it that people who think they are smarter than every one else always say the stupidest things. Almost no one is opposed to free market capitalism. Almost no one is opposed to some level of regulation on industry. Almost every one falls well between the two extremes.
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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    I am always impressed on how intelligent and well informed and idealistic Libertarians are. In my opinion Libertarianism is inhuman; there is no compassion for the human experience within the political philosophy. That's it in a nutshell.
    I agree. I have debated with a few very pure libertarians and their inhumanity is stunning. However, though it gave me no pleasure, I did take note of one of them pleading for well wishes and prayers when his daughter's health was threatened, though before that point, he didn't bother to offer the same when others posted of their dire problems. I know this anecdotal and I have no problem with anyone casting it aside for that reason, but as that has been my interaction with libertarians, it colors my opinions on them. What it basically came down to for the group of them is, I have mine, everyone else can screw off.


    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    And there's good reason for this. The sole purpose of a business is to provide a service with the greatest profit. That can be unhealthy and lead to a lot of bad business practices. Who can the people go to for that? Other businesses may not work. So they use the power of law.
    A good example of unhealthy practice is the the mining disaster in W. Virginia. The owner of that mind was caught in a memo telling his people:

    “In February, the Associated Press reported that Don Blankenship wrote a memo “telling supervisors that ‘coal pays the bills’ . . . In the memo, dated Oct. 19, Blankenship tells the company’s deep mine superintendents that running coal is the top priority in the mines. ‘If any of you have been asked by your group presidents, your supervisors, engineers or anyone else to do anything other than run coal (i.e. build overcasts, do construction jobs, or whatever) you need to ignore them and run coal. This memo is necessary only because we seem not to understand that the coal pays the bills,’ Blankenship wrote in the memo, the Appalachian News-Express reported Friday.’
    Casey speaks against Blankenship

    There are rules and government involved in coal mining, but there seem to be enough loopholes to allow Blankenship to operate in an unsafe manner. Imagine if there wasn't any at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    However, history has shown that people will commit all sorts of evil to get what they want, whether it is through intimidate, exploitation, theft, etc. Libertarian government is very minimalist and would not present enough of a deterrent against the worse sides of our nature. Sure we would have law enforcement, but it wouldn't protect against even simple things like people putting poisonous substances in our food in order to turn a quick profit. And by the time action was brought against whatever company did that, people would already be dead, as happened in China recently with their pet food problem (they are not a libertarian government, but they have very loose controls over this sort of thing, so there is a similarity.)

    In short, I think a purely libertarian government would not last long in a pure state and it would result in a lot of injury and death as people are as inherently immoral as they are moral.
    China is a good example of business without government safeguards. They are destroying their environment and injuring the health of their people because they have little if any regulation.

    According to the World Bank, 16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in China. The industrial revolution transforming the world's most populous country is also destroying its environment. China is now the world's second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the main gas linked to global warming, and it is set to overtake the United States in 2009, a decade earlier than previously predicted.
    Air Pollution Grows in Tandem with China's Economy : NPR

    Greed overcame the thought of killing babies.


    The Chinese authorities have confirmed that the tainted baby formula was laced with melamine, a chemical additive sometimes used to make plastics and fertilizer. Last year, after thousands of pets became ill in the United States, the same chemical was found in pet food and traced to a Chinese ingredient
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/wo...ia/16milk.html



    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Food stamps and welfare, I would hope, would not be completely eliminated in a libertarian society. However, you'd just see far less of it. In addition, a working philosophy in libertarianism is that when you reduce taxes on the populace, private charity would increase and that would take some of the hole left behind.
    You are a rarity. I know of no other Libertarian who thinks food stamps are a good thing.



    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    First of all, you'd lose me on the FDA argument because of their policies. As of today, because of the FDA's philosophies and enforcements, it costs almost a trillion (that's trillion with a TR) dollars to license a drug for distribution. Much of that is pretty much wasted money.

    That aside, corporations are like humans insofar that they are falliable. If a company did that, you could assume that it was the last thing they ever do, and that's not how you run a business.

    Also, comparing China to libertarianism practices would not be wise. That's not apples to oranges, that's apples to Buicks.

    Libertarianism elevates those who succeed through the rules. Breaking the rules is a quick way to find yourself destitute. Sometimes money is all the moral compass you need.
    China is a very valid comparison, as megaprogman demonstrated in his reply to this, but I wanted to re-iterate the point. China has little to no regulation (see above for examples). When something is found to be dangerous, they tend to try a cover up.

    [quote]Chinese regulators have repeatedly failed to detect food safety problems in a timely manner. Moreover, despite ample evidence that secrecy tends to compound safety problems, companies and local officials still appear determined to minimize or cover up problems in the food supply rather than alert the public.[/uote] http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/wo...ia/16milk.html

    I fail to see how libertarianism would encourage more people to follow rules to succeed (what rules are libertarians in favor of anyway) when people are free to follow the rules now. Yet people still try to ignore law to increase profits. It's regulation like the FDA that keeps us safe from the immoral and the greedy before they have the chance to harm us.
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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    Living wage always cracks me up

    labor is a commodity. when american companies have to pay more for the same quality commodity than do other companies, our corporations are at a competitive disadvantage. Jobs are nothing more than a corporation obtaining the commodity of labor. when you start applying feel good factors to that transaction, things start getting screwed up
    We're talking about people being able to feed and clothe themselves not some profit margin. It's a very annoying reality that people dont realize that people need a certain amount of money to make ends meet on
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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina
    China is a very valid comparison, as megaprogman demonstrated in his reply to this, but I wanted to re-iterate the point. China has little to no regulation (see above for examples). When something is found to be dangerous, they tend to try a cover up.
    Oh for the love of God. That has infinitely more to do with China's corruption and not their desire of deregulation. You don't think authoritarian states have similar situations? Hell, they have worse. On one side you have people poisoned, but at least if they report it they're not "erased" by a ruthless Stasi or KGB.

    There are so many people who are envisioning an anarcho-capitalist society when they are posting. Stop it. Now.

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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    I think this topic has proven how many things people don't understand at all.
    That is why libertarians can't make it to the polls.

    People think an ideology can be wrapped up in a nice neat little package.
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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Oh for the love of God. That has infinitely more to do with China's corruption and not their desire of deregulation. You don't think authoritarian states have similar situations? Hell, they have worse. On one side you have people poisoned, but at least if they report it they're not "erased" by a ruthless Stasi or KGB.

    There are so many people who are envisioning an anarcho-capitalist society when they are posting. Stop it. Now.
    Whatever the motivation ineffective or lack of regulation, the fact remains, they don't have it and companies are exploiting it for profit. Which was the point of megaprogman's post.

    Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    However, history has shown that people will commit all sorts of evil to get what they want, whether it is through intimidate, exploitation, theft, etc. Libertarian government is very minimalist and would not present enough of a deterrent against the worse sides of our nature.
    I don't attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.
    This is the important stuff. We can’t get lost in discrimination. We can’t get lost in B.S. We can’t get lost tearing each other down. I want to make a point here that no matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship, who you love, how you identify, and yeah, how you run, that if you have good public policy ideas, if you are well qualified for office, bring those ideas to the table, because this is your America, too. This is our commonwealth of Virginia, too.
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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    People who would trade liberty for security deserve neither. When we can create a society that allows for zero or near-zero instances like you two mentioned and not be an oppressive, totalitarian police-state, I'll jump on board. However, I'm not going to live like an automaton as a trade-off for absolute certainty that the big, bad, evil corporation is going to slip arsenic in my Manwich.

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    Re: Can the Libertarian party or policies ever work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    For me, Haiti is the Libertarian ideal: a place where there are no building standards, no zoning policies, no government regulation of any sort. It is the true laissez faire society.

    The greatest catastrophe in modern times, at least in terms of percentage of population killed, was the recent earthquake in Haiti. Even the Governor's mansion was so ill constructed that it collapsed.

    Whereas Chile had a far more severe earthquake a few weeks later and the death toll it experienced in comparison to Haiti's was minuscule. The difference? Government regulation in the form of building codes, zoning codes, inspections, etc., etc.
    Let's ignore the fact that most Libertarians aren't against all government regulation such as building codes. Again Libertarian doesn't mean Anarcho-Capitalist.

    Why does Haiti have no building codes to begin with? Obviously it is a very poor state where people can't really afford up to code buildings. Why is it poor? Because of a corrupt government, you can't really start a business in Haiti or many developing countries without friends in the government. It is a bloated government, not a failure of capitalism that caused Haiti's poverty.
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