Actually there is a free market success in the medical field. Laser eye surgery started out expensive and not covered by insurance. Now it's cheap enough to pay for out-of-pocket. I saw an ad just the other day for Lasik eye surgery for just $299.00 per eye. Not bad at all - cheaper than buying glasses in the long run.
The free market works when you let it.
Laser Eye surgery is a luxury, try applying free market models to treatment for a flu epidemic.
With something like a Flu epidemic if treatment is not free then loads of people will try and make do without. That means the epidemic goes untreated amongst large parts of the population and spreads much more easily and damages productivity as more people call in sick.
The reason we in Britain came up with an NHS was not solely out of some do gooder nature, it was to make sure people were able to get their arse to work in factories and produce stuff without infecting all their co-workers with a disease that made even more people sick the next day.
In a world where the ravages of entropy are bringing you ever closer to the end of your finite lifespan, you just end up pissing away a whole lot of time.
How about this for some morality: Killing people, except in defense of self or someone else, is wrong (and worshiping a different invisible guy or the same invisible guy differently isn't a very good reason). Torturing people is wrong. Raping people is wrong. Hurting people, except in defense of self or someone else, is wrong. Stealing (however done) is wrong, but less wrong than hurting, raping, torturing, or murdering.
It's fantastic, if you're six years old.
I think you have to go to The Street of Small Gods now.
"Tyranny, because it needs no consent, may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people."
— Hannah Arendt,"The Origins of Totalitarianism"
Certainly, observing the destruction of (organizations genuinely representing) the peoples' welfare/interests* serves as an important indicator or tyranny, but it cannot be solely relied upon for detecting the existence or emergence of tyranny: Consent itself can be tampered with (e.g., rigged elections, "approved" candidates (e.g., Larry Lessig's "Lesterland"), etc.), or it can be "manufactured" outright.
I think that perhaps by using various techniques, the illusion of both consent and freedom can be maintained, thus allowing tyranny to run amok, unburdened with widespread resistance.
* Having not read "The Origins of Totalitarianism," I've made an assumption here as to what Arendt was referring to as encompassing "national institutions."
And what's with this bullshit of calling Romneycare a "Republican plan"?
You bullshit. It's the same plan the GOP has been pushing since Heritage Foundation came up with it as an alternative to what the Democrats were pushing in the early 90's.
Republican Herbert Walker Bush ran on it in '92.
Republican Robert Dole ran on it in '96.
Republican Mitt Romney finally signed it into law in 2006.
But when a Democrat signs on, you guys all of a sudden lose your minds (insert Joker meme here). Good news everyone, gun control is now a Republican issue, because Mike Bloomberg supports it!
The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay