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    UntimelyRippd, pfiore8

    my argument actually is non-partisan.  Conservatives also have the government solve what it sees to be problems but the market fails to fix.  Abortion for one--- the free market leads to a million abortions a year; they want government intervention to stop it.  

    "But abortion is murder" they might say.  Then the question goes further:  Why is murder illegal?  Why not let the free market handle it when you kill someone?  Well, privatized security fails miserably (see Crassus for a good case), and without laws and police, we end up with blood feuds and vendettas that wreak far more violence than the original murder.  That is, the free market FAILS to keep murder rates down.  So we have government intervene.  Is it perfect? No. Does it fail sometimes? On occasion.  But it is still so preferable to the alternative that we even equate it with basic civilization (even if we grumble about "the man")

    Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

    by nominalize on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 04:53:47 PM PDT

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