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Comment Re: Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the pl (Score 1) 521

Both AND Neither and oh so much more. Taxes are supposed to fund the government AND punish behaviour that is unwanted because it imposes a cost on other citizens AND redistribute wealth by punishing the rich MORE than the poor AND internalize the cost of externalities and, and, and...

Taxes are a very flexible tool that can be applied to quite a few different kinds of problems - with just minor adaptations to specific requirements of the goal you are seeking to achieve.

But the one golden rule that you're doing it wrong ? Is when taxes punish a poor man more than it punishes his boss. If that is happening, your tax system is fucked up - and completely unsustainable.

Comment Re:prediction... more good comments... not (Score 1) 478

The latest version on this I heard today was "the jobs are lost, but you don't see them because the cause/effect pattern is sort of backwards. The business owners hear all this talk of increasing minimum wage so they don't hire more people in case their wages will soon go up so the effect is already there under way when the minimum wage comes in - and then you don't see it in the data".

My response was: assuming your weird hypotheses is true - then we may as well do the increase since whatever job harming effects it may have we're ALREADY HAVING and will have ANYWAY.
Notice how his described mechanism includes no other option. If we don't raise it, workers will keep demanding we do - so employers keep not hiring if they can avoid it - so the problem happens anyway and becomes permanent.

So yeah, may as well raise it- whatever job losses it could cause will happen regardless - so we may as well have those with jobs paid decently.

Comment Re:'sock puppet' in scare quotes? (Score 1) 99

Another use of normal quotation marks is to indicate that you are using a common or slang term in a more formal piece of writing (like a legal filing) where that word or phrase does not have a ready dictionary definition - the indication makes it clear that the slang meaning is intended rather than the literal meaning.
So that's not scare quotes either - it's just indicating that the term 'sock puppet' in this context does not refer to the puppets made from socks that we all remember from our childhoods.

Comment Re: minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 521

If you dislike society so much - leave it.
That's your option. You don't like a society with a social contract, you think you can take from what WE paid for and not help pay for it yourself ? Then leave.

I hear Mogadishu is EXACTLY what you are hoping for. Pinochet did it in Chile too but that's gone unfortunately for you.

What ? You don't WANT to live under brutal warlords or dictators ? Well news for you - ANCAP doesnt work - ANCAP always ends up being run by brutal warlords. And libertarian societies cannot even come to EXIST without a dictator to create them. That noted socialist Margaret Thatcher told F.A. Hayek she CANNOT replicate Chile's policies beyond the small bit she did - because it's not POSSIBLE in a democracy where the leaders have to actually answer to the citizens for their policies - where the leaders have to negotiate and collaborate with opposition leaders in the parliament.

So your dream cannot exist in anything resembling a free society. In a democracy - it can't be done. You can get the libertarian economics if you have a dictator but then you lose ALL the other freedoms. Or you can try the ANCAP way and, as it ALWAYS HAS, end up getting killed in the crossfire as the brutal warlords fight for control (coincidentally - those warlords don't give a fuck about your personal liberties either).

Basically - yours is a pipe dream. The only way you can have what you want is in a society of one. Maybe "one family" - any bigger than that and the entire thing falls the fuck appart. Just as it always has, every single time it's been tried.

The only anarchist state that ever managed to exist as a successful, industrialised economy - was a socialist one: Andalusia. The anarchism worked because there was no economic inequality from which warlords can arise.

Comment Re: minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 521

If that is, indeed, how you see things - you need to have your eyes checked.

In the real world - society comes with a social contract. You want all the benefits of NOT living alone on some mountaintop - up to and including everything produced by private business which cannot exist outside society - then you have to pay your share for the upkeep of that society and it's shared infrastructure.
If you refuse to pay your share, you don't get to TAKE your share either.

Comment Re:Yes but (Score 1) 730

Technically there is a sort of unwritten rule that people who have an honorary doctorate but no actual PHD should not use the title doctor. It's not actually illegal or anything - but it tends to raise eyebrowse and cause scandals as it's seen as somewhat deceptive.

I'm not sure I agree that it should - an honorary doctorate could be argued to be a GREATER achievement than a PHD since to get one you must have made some pretty significant contributions to the field - getting one in a field you don't hold a PHD in is generally the preserve of an extremely rare and talented few. One could debate if an honorary doctorate in literature for a lifetime of great writing shows a greater or lesser genius than an honorary doctorate in physics for theorising a new particle that was later discovered by researchers, but nobody would claim either is not a pretty significant achievement (though this is one of the rare cases where the amateur poet is likely to be a LOT richer than the amatuer physics researcher - there is an entire career path out there for non-formally trained writers, not so much for untrained physics fans).

Comment Re:Correcting myself (Score 1) 730

I wonder how far that decision goes. Could somebody cite it as precedent who is charged with impersonating an officer ? How about impersonating a federal agent ?

Hell imagine if they have to deal with somebody claiming a first amendment right to pretend he's a supreme court judge ! That would be one hilarious case. Neil Gorsuch would eat his own robe trying to untie the Gordian knot in his brain.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 1) 730

As far as I know there are very few, if any, state laws to that effect- because they aren't needed. There is already a federal law that reserves the title to people licensed by the AMA. Several states have expansions on that law however, for example requiring licensing for things like acupuncturists and such (it doesn't make them not charlatans but at least it means your charlatan has actually trained in the con-artistry he sells).

It's one of those sad ironies. In Japan - some practitioners of accupuncture did (in the 1990s) subject themselves to the scientific method, had their 'treatment' tested in double-blind studies - and ended up with it only being confirmed as working for a very narrow subset of what it was used for (and in a very different way to how tradition claimed) - it is in fact a valid, medical way to treat pain (but treating the cause of pain is generally a better idea). Oddly - scientific acupuncture never really took off commercially, perhaps because those who care about science know it does nothing that a tablet doesn't also do and the tablet doesn't require poking holes in your body, and of course less scientifically minded people would rather go to the acupuncturist who promises to cure his diabetes as well.

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