ALL-oNE’s Offical Blog
Even though it’s just me posting this stuff I figure it’s worth re-posting here as well
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Typically I don’t do short blog posts that just have a quote or something but I’ll make an exception for this post by Phil Dickens quoting someone who talks about marriage in much the same way I do. I encourage you to read the whole post.
Charles Davis is constantly impressing me with his blogs and his latest on the false choice between a mandate or no mandate is no exception.
“In other words, Americans are spending ten times as much as they need to for medicine because of government-enforced monopolies. And the same rent-seeking costs are included in the price of medical devices and other life-saving equipment, helping explain why someone would need insurance in the first place. Baker also notes that the costs of visiting a doctor are inflated, not just by licensing, but by restrictions on foreign doctors coming into the U.S. – restrictions that were sought by doctors’ groups to, of course, increase the cost of visiting doctors. Medical costs are as a consequence driven up for citizens at the same time profits skyrocket for corporations, creating a situation where many people can’t afford to benefit from the Greatest Health Care System in the World.”
Another particularly good one,
“Not only is the mandate not the best option, even within the confines of acceptable Beltway discourse, it only adds yet another coercive element to U.S. society that directly benefits private corporations, a practice I think we ought to be minimizing, not increasing. It also burdens every not-a-coma-victim with costs that may not make sense for them, or even for most people who are, again, not coma victims; in many cases, the money spent on insurance might be better spent on healthier food, education or whatever the hell a member of a free society chooses. The mandate also prevents the rise of alternatives to corporate-provided health care; under Obama’s health care reform, you literally have no choice but to go the corporate health care route, further cementing the employer-coverage link – good luck quitting your dead-end job if you want to ever get a check-up again – while securing the insurance industry a legally mandated customer base.”
Speaking of Charles Davis impressing, check this out.
A few passages I particularly liked,
“With little apparent help from the government outside of the original land reform, which ultimately only removed the threat of state violence should local farmers reclaim that which was rightfully theirs, the Finca Magdalena coop has managed to raise the standard of living of not just the families who run it, but the surrounding community. Their livelihood, as far as I can tell, isn’t dependent on the benevolence of politicians or capitalists. While the country is nominally socialist, there are next to no signs of government involvement on the island to begin with; on the south side where the coop is located, there’s not even much in the way of infrastructure.
The life is a simple life – and a largely self-sufficient one. There aren’t any flat-screen TVs. There’s no Internet, outside of a few cafés. And there’s not much if anything to do once the sun goes down. But people seem happy. And why not? They live on some of the most fertile land in Central America on an island made up of two beautiful volcanoes. If you want some food, you grow it or catch it from the lake. If you’re bored you play baseball or go swimming. You watch a sunset. Who the hell needs HBO?”
Maybe the anti-capitalist version of John Taylor Gatto is being explained here. Nonetheless it’s pretty spot on.
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
Matt Zwolinsky talks about the possibility of a libertarian theory on social justice which I think is worth checking out.
“To summarize, for the distribution of holdings to be unjust it would have to be the result either of (a) the unjust distribution of a central distributor, or (b) the unjust actions of dispersed individuals. (a) won’t work because the central distributor doesn’t exist, and (b) won’t work because the ordinary actions of individuals that generate the overall distribution of holdings are obviously not unjust.1 Hence the distribution of holdings cannot possibly be unjust.
There is, nevertheless, a flaw in the argument. That flaw appears in the first premise of the second argument. Yes, the distribution of holdings in a free society is determined partly by the countless ordinary decisions of innumerable individuals. But it is also a product of the social and legal rules that govern and structure those decisions: rules that determine the contours of property rights and contracts, that determine whether there will be a social safety net and what form it will take, that determine the extent, limit, and uses of taxation, and so on. These rules might be just or they might be unjust. If they are unjust, we could (as Judith Shklar pointed out) intervene to change them, even if we did not deliberately create them.”
Lastly (but not least…ly?) Roderick Long has some great points about libertarian rhetoric.
Discourses on Liberty
Kyle Trowbridge has a great tribute to the now late Carl Oglesby.
Mr. Stolarov has made his response and I intend to give a response to it sometime in the upcoming week. If not tomorrow then most likely Thursday.
Also my Agora I/O talk Facebook event can be found here.
The last piece of info is that #occupywallstret is going on right now and I wish those people well insofar as their struggles, goals etc. further my own of liberation from oppression.
I may inch off away from blogging very slowly in the coming months. As it is I’m going to be focusing more on reading when I can instead of debating so much (yeah…as if that’ll happen) and I think I want to focus on one essay or two in particular which is the use of more concretely identifying left-libertarianism and then my own ideology. Look for these two essays to be published on this blog since it’s my own.
Expect (at bare minimum) to usually have at least one post on this blog a week and one video on my Youtube channel a week as well.
That’s all for now! I’m moving out of Grafton NH to Nashua NH in the beginning of November so changes will certainly be happening in the coming months just so you’re all aware. Hope everyone has a pleasant rest of their weekend. 🙂