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Impossible Abstraction

Posted by: Stoller on October 25, 1999 at 01:09:07:

In Reply to: The right to bear arms or the right to arm bears... posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on October 23, 1999 at 10:43:08:

...And it should be evident that the additional costs of maintaining a military (necessary to privately protect overseas holdings) would prohibit new entrepreneurs from ever entering the market. Only the most gargantuan monopoly conglomerates could afford such constant capital expenditures.

Not unlike the railroads and the interstate highways---which were provided for the capitalists at the taxpayer's expense...

So the fundamentalist notion of 'pure' laissez faire---incompatable as it is with free enterprise itself!--- is revealed once and for all as the impossible abstraction that it is...

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