[LMB] OT:democratic longevity

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Nov 27 13:52:08 GMT 2012

On Nov 26, 2012, at 9:32 PM, Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org> wrote:

>> OK, virtually everybody wants government to do some stuff that
>> private industry could do.    And virtually everybody wants private
>> industry to do some stuff that government could do.   They disagree
>> upon the details, and use words such as "socialism" or "unfettered
>> capitalism" to describe the other guy's choices.
> I can agree with that. I am libertarian and Libertarian myself, and I've
> had plenty of arguments with other libertarians. Roads being built and
> maintained by the government is pretty well agreed on, I think, although
> there are those who will argue about it. However, what about telephone
> and Internet access? I think a pretty good argument can be made that
> those should be provided by the government as well, with the option of
> private services on top, just as how toll roads are built today. Others
> think it should be all privately owned with six dozen separate wires
> running into each house. Electricity too. Every electricity company
> should run its own wires to its customers.

I tend towards libertarian, but recognize that absolutism with any political position doesn't work.    Part of "liberty" is recognizing that others don't need to make my choices without being "wrong".    And part is recognizing that in real life, idealism can only go so far.   So we have to be results oriented as well, willing to actually look at results.

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