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  •  i don't think so (2+ / 0-)
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    Valar Morghulis, Piren
    Taken to its logical extreme, since only the wealthy could afford the price, which would be high because of the laws of supply and demand, it would systematically manipulate the population into extinction of the poor.
    It might make a bunch of poor people into rich people with one kidney, but i don't see how the poor will face extinction.
    •  Also, there are far more poor people than rich. (0+ / 0-)

      Why would rich people just be buying up all those kidneys? For croquet, maybe?

      And why is everyone suffering from kidney failure? Just so much we don't know. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN

    •  3ofspades (0+ / 0-)

      First, suppose the prospective buyer of your spare kidney is perfectly healthy. He is offering you (or more likely a peasant in the developing world) $8,000 for a kidney, not because he desperately needs an organ transplant but because he is an eccentric art dealer who sells human
      organs to affluent clients as coffee table conversation pieces.

      Should people be allowed to buy and sell kidneys for this purpose? If you believe that we own ourselves, you would be hard pressed to say no. What matters is not the purpose but the right to dispose of our property as we please. Of course, you might abhor the frivolous use of
      body parts and favor organ sales for life-saving purposes only. But if you held this view, your defense of the market would not rest on libertarian premises. You would concede that we do not have an unlimited property right in our bodies.

      Never trust a naked busdriver.

      by Adagio4639 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:57:39 AM PDT

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