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  •  the difference between coffee and meth. (11+ / 0-)

    You can drink coffee for sixty years without ill effects.

    Snort meth?  About two weeks before paranoid schizophrenia sets in.  

    Agreed, externalizing costs boosts profits.  But I managed to convince some hardcore libertarians of the necessity for ecological laws, on the basis that:

    Libertarianism supports the principle of voluntary transactions between consenting adults, and the use of criminal law for cases of "force or fraud."

    Externalized costs bring non-consenting parties into transactions against their will.

    Therefore externalized costs violate the principle of voluntary transactions between consenting adults.

    Externalizing of costs is a form of fraud because, it leads the voluntary participants in the transaction to believe that the price paid for the transaction is a legitimate price, when in fact it is not, since it is based upon enforcing additional costs on others against their will.  

    Slam dunk!

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

    by G2geek on Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 08:36:13 PM PST

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