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Comment: Good point; let me clarify (Score 1) 277

by mahsah (#31863300) Attached to: Crunch Time For IRS Data Centers

That is a good point, its just I've run into that passage copypasted over and over and see people support it over and over so I got a little hasty :). Obviously the government provides things, and it even provides some of them extremely well. Some of the things that it provides likely would not be provided for by the free market in the present (such as manned moon missions). But that is only considering the "seen", not the "unseen". Every dollar the government spends is in the end taxed from citizens (either directly or via inflation).

So we "see" the moon landing, the roads, health care, etc, but there is no way to even consider the "unseen" that we have lost. Furthermore, even assuming a government running at maximum efficiency, we still must consider the deadweight loss from taxation.

Comment: You are incorrect (Score 1) 277

by mahsah (#31863126) Attached to: Crunch Time For IRS Data Centers

There HAS been a case of almost complete privitization of services, even law enforcement. I suggest you look into Medival Iceland, it is an extremely interesting case.

Yes, I realize that a medival society is difficult to compare to an industrial or post industrial society, but it still proves that the government is not always required to provide.

Comment: Lysander Spooner (Score 1) 318

by mahsah (#31498824) Attached to: FCC's Broadband Plan May Cost You Money

Whenever someone mentions how essential the postal monopoly is, I love to point them to Lysander Spooner's American Mail Letter company:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Letter_Mail_Company

He challenged the postal monopoly when the post office kept jacking up rates, and successfully got them to lower them through honest competition. Read up on him, he was truly an interesting man.

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