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  •  The libertarian fantasy of self-sufficiency (1+ / 0-)
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    Patrick Costighan

    is just a fantasy, and that is why some of the anti-government rhetoric sounds so bizarre, and in fact is bizarre if you actually sit down and think about the actual consequences of putting it into action.

    There is however a lot of money to be made at least short term by starving government, reducing taxes or shifting the tax burden down the income scale, and privatizing government functions.

    But some of this may well have economic and social effects that come back to bite even those at the top of the income ladder. Hard to make money if your consumer base is too impoverished to buy anything, or your workers aren't healthy enough to be productive.

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      We all by into that "fantasy" to one degree or another, unless we're die hard communists. Anarchists buy into beyond the scope of common sense, while libertarians espouse just enough recognition of public utility to appear reasonable (even if their arguments are empirically moribund).  It's not an easy or constant thing to say "here is where the optimal balance between government and enterprise lies," but the best evidence suggests libertarians set it in favor of woefully inadequate public service.

      See?  Not a very sexy argument to make.  So we just say they're given to fantasy and the world turns.

      When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

      by Patrick Costighan on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 10:06:57 AM PST

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