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  •  No, you are confused (0+ / 0-)

    Cutting non-value-add activity and reducing the need for it as much as possible is a net win for society (the losses by purveyors of that service are more than balanced by the gains by the rest of us).

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 09:31:32 AM PDT

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    •  health care (2+ / 0-)
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      cocinero, SwedishJewfish

      IS "reducing the need for more of it"

      a ton of our healthcare costs go for reducing the need for even more. antibiotics may keep you from having a foot amputated, for example.

      you are not stating the issue accurately.

      without health care, people get sick and die, reducing output. there is value added from it in a purely productive way (even if you want to ignore the suffering it prevents).

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