Saturday, August 18, 2007


At the library last week a fellow told me that the market could not determine everything, unless the government controlled the market. Of course the fellow was from Canada, where they have been fed socialist propaganda for the last 20 to 30 years. Canada, the land where women give birth in toilets because the line for midwives is too long.

If you don't believe in markets, which are voluntary associations by free agents in their mutual self interest, the alternative is coercion. In California, medical corporations are coerced, if they work in emergency rooms. They are required to treat people even if the patient is unable to pay. Of course, they pass the costs on to the few people with the ability to pay who can't postpone their visit. That passes the coercion on to those unfortunates who can not resist, at a moment of weakness.

What would be the alternative? A market based system would use discriminatory pricing, to provide various grades of medical care in different qualities for different amounts of money, rather like alternative seats at a baseball game. Those who can't pay could still be treated at the basic level, but as a charity case, with the doctors/nurses/pharmacists/corporations compensated by charitable organizations. Those who pay only small amounts would get dormitory care with generic drugs, and ugly and grumpy nurses. Those who can pay full fare would be glad to pay rather more if they got up to date designer drugs, private rooms, and prettier nurses.


Blogger kipwatson said...

Socialism, Libertarianism, both are destructive, materialistic, Utopian ideologies.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Mon Sep 10, 09:55:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Don Meaker said...

After there is a libertarian society, someplace around the world, then we will have a data point, won't we.

Tue Sep 11, 07:00:00 PM 2007  
Blogger kipwatson said...

Ha ha ha...

You guys are _so much_ like Socialists -- they say the exact same thing! "There's never been a true Socialist society" they say.

They say Stalin wasn't socialist, you say Laissez faire wasn't libertarian.

They say they were a reaction to you, you say you are a reaction to them.

You're the two talons of the same howling beast.

Libertarian Memory Hole

Mon Sep 17, 07:58:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Don Meaker said...

Actually I am not a Libertarian. I do note that where we are now, our problems can often be traced back to a recent attempt at a solution by government.

I would suggest that we should begin to go the other way. I have no opinion on how far we should go.

For example, a question for a Presidential Candidate: "What three firearms laws (of the 20,000+ on the books) would you repeal first?"

Mon Sep 17, 07:48:00 PM 2007  

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