If the Supreme Court makes a stupid ruling on this college students will be even more screwed than they are already. "International Editions" of textbooks are usually less than half the cost of a "domestic" edition and have the exact same content most of the time.
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
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.
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.
Your argument is a false dilemma; either the government will provide these things, or they will not be provided. It ignores the alternative of other institutions providing them.
Tu quoque is not a valid argument form.
"Either you will have taxpayer funded police officers providing protection, or you will have no protection at all."
What if I protect it myself? What if I have a neighborhood watch? What if I hire a private security company?
More people should be aware of the right to jury nullification. Hilariously mentioning that you are aware of the right to nullify is a good way to get thrown off a jury.
Whenever someone mentions how essential the postal monopoly is, I love to point them to Lysander Spooner's American Mail Letter 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.
Some credit unions offer this service as well; I'm using Alliant Credit union's eDepositplus and its working great. You just need to donate to a PTA or certain charities to join, not hard at all.
Well, to be fair to the private sector, modern copyright *is* purely a government construct.
I'm starting to think that these "National Security Reasons" have more to do with the safety of the politicians that would pass the ACTA than the safety of the country itself...
Like they did with Crysis.
That the main problem is the American press being influenced by the Government trying to create mass hysteria? The Government DOES own quite a large stake in GM.
If you take it out of context it would seem that way, but RTFA. Still, this is a very poor summary for that reason.