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so and so

Posted by: borg on June 22, 1999 at 16:08:17:

In Reply to: So? posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on June 21, 1999 at 17:30:10:


: SDF: Borg's false dilemma: either we live in a society of Robinson Crusoes, or "we are all victims of each other now." A society where people can be dependent, or interdependent, where choice is constrained by webs of necessity and dependency, is not necessarily visible from the purview of a libertarian ideology where either we are completely 100% "free," or somebody is "forcing us." In real life, no action is either completely free or completely forced, and almost all action exists in the gray area in between. At any rate, in real life, we might all be "doing our thing" -- but it's all an improvisation based on the cultural programming we've been raised upon, by our families, by our communities, by our ideological conditioning, and we are not and will never be the "sole arbitrators of our own lives" in this respect.

see The Third Thing.


: : : SDF: A free-market system makes government into a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. And if government is to produce a profit for those who put up the highest bid for its services, it must be coercive, preferably in the most totalitarian mode possible.

: : Bald assertion and full of sound and fury...

: SDF: Nope. Please explain why these people are paying so much money if they aren't buying government services...

Come back when you understand what a free market is.

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