Little Alex in Wonderland | Honest Statism Beats a Fake ‘Free Market’ Every Time
“The point, Welch said, is not that a socialized system is better than a private system. The point is that their honestly socialized system is better than our socialized corporate system masquerading as a ‘private’ one.” —- An idea I played with a while ago, after having watched Michael Moore’s SiCKO during the summer of 2008 (“SiCKO has opened me to the possibility that a [sic] socialized health care may even be better for us than the congressional-industrial complex that apparently controls health care in this country today.”). It’s good to see Matt Welch at Reason.com on the same page. Boy, this commentating stuff is easy! I still don’t buy the claim, made later in the article, that the public option would be self-financing, but perhaps there is something to be said for the “competition” it would create.
- The Christian Science Monitor | Greenspan the libertarian
Good to see the Christian Science Monitor cross-posting from the Mises Institute blog! The post endeavors to set the record straight on “Greenspan the libertarian”, but it is very poorly titled, and was so in the original post.
- Lost Liberty Café | SEPTA… and a Gun
I was wondering myself why SEPTA has no competition. Other busses are apparenlty legally allowed in Philadelphia, but may be thwarted by regulations and union activities. See Section 9-403 of Philadelphia’s municipal code for more on Philadelphia’s bussing regulations.
- Degrees of Freedom | Open Questions: Politics, Philosophy and Economics from a libertarian point of view.
These aren’t open questions! The answer is…..government!!!! LOL! Sike. No, seriously, the libertarian’s catch-all trump card is that the best way to arrive at answers to these difficult questions is through free entreprenuership, experimentation, and market forces.
- Mother Jones | Health Insurance Across State Lines
The counterargument is valid, but it is without force against those who wish also to see deregulation at the state level.
Links for Febrauary 20, 2010: Can Socialized Medicine Beat a Faux Market?, SEPTA gripes, others….