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  •  internalizing the externalities. (3+ / 0-)

    What you're talking about boils down to internalizing the costs that were formerly externalized.

    As it turns out, that arguement also works with libertarians, because externalities violate their core principle of voluntary transactions between consenting adults.  All you have to do is bring up that principle and then demonstrate that externalities are not voluntary transactions but instances of "force or fraud," the standard libertarian test for the legitimacy of criminal law.

    It works with progressives and it works with libertarians.  The only crowd it doesn't work with are those who have a direct stake in externalizing costs (that would be the plutocrats) and their tribal hangers-on (the Fox News brainwashed).  

    We can get majorities this way.  

    And the way to do it is by making a moral issue out of externalized costs: put that issue on the agenda, and its application to climate change will logically follow.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 07:33:48 PM PST

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