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The Politics Thread

Or, how I ended up being a political contradiction: a Socialist Libertarian

In my impetuous youth, I basically subscribed to AnCap ideology. For those not familiar, a primer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-capitalism

I generally thought of myself as a card carrying Libertarian (despite being registered Independent), and yes, I voted for Ron Paul (when he was running Libertarian). The reasons why were pretty straight forward: The Republicans and Democrats in their party platforms were both very comfortable deeply infringing upon constitutional liberties; the GOP is too concerned about what's going on in my bedroom, head shop, or uterus, and the Liberal left too concerned about my desire to own fire arms, or hold non-party approved philosophical positions. And of course, they're both perfectly happy with war mongering under the guise of global interventionism. 

The one place where their arguments always seemed weakest to me were in issues of equality and social programs. They have an expectation that the market will take care of the problem on its own (through the actions of private individuals), or alternatively that they should be under no obligation to bear the burden of social safety nets for others. 

There are a few places where that mind set fundamentally breaks down for me: 

Education
With the rise of for profit universities, fewer students are getting a quality education (measured globally) while university costs have skyrocketed (with the vast majority of that cost being "administration"). There are far more educational institutes in America now than ever have been, and yet the market pressures which should result in competitive pricing and better quality have simply not manifested in any way. 

When the future of our country depends on educating our progeny to a level capable of competing on the global market, I cannot rely on a free market to accomplish that goal. The free market's priority is profit, and its notably short sighted in that goal. 

Healthcare
I worked in the insurance industry (in technology) for ten years. I am intimately familiar with it inside and out. We have one of the worst healthcare systems in the free world. We are the ONLY first world country which does not offer a national single payer service. These two facts are not unrelated. When healthcare is determined by P&L's and actuarial tables, the end result is not a healthier nation; it's the least product delivered for the most dollars charged. 

And the thing is, I grew up in Europe, and I know how well those systems work, so the arguments that nationalized healthcare sucks are distinctly American arguments, based in ignorance. While I've met plenty of Brits and Canucks willing to criticize their healthcare system, I've yet to meet one who said they trade it for the American system. 

Law Enforcement
Last year, Governor Rick Scott (you may know him from his role as Skeletor in the He-Man series) signed a contract with the GEO group, a corporation which provides "Inmate Management Services" (read "private prisons"). It's a little known fact that this contract came with minimum occupancy commitments from the State of Florida. The state of Florida literally guarantees this private organization that they will maintain at least 70% occupancy. 

When the product is an inmate, the bottom line depends on there being more inmates. These corporations take their dollars and lobby for more and stricter laws (see "Drug War") to create more product. And, to top it all off, the conditions in private prisons are hellish due to the "least cost per dollar possible" perspective of private organizations. 

Some things simply suffer from the drive for profit. Period. And, demonstrably (see: all of history), certain social issues are never going to be favorably addressed by a free market. I love that Ron Paul calls out racism as the worst form of collectivism, but I hate the fact that he doesn't recognize that without government enforcement, Brown vs. BoE would never have resulted in a single black student graduating from an integrated school.

There's also the point about the company that you keep.

I hate the fact that many libertarians take positions that sound suspiciously racist. I hate the fact that many racists love libertarian ideals and support libertarian candidates. I hate the fact that libertarian speech is often used to support what is clearly racist policy. For all of the "free market cures all" rhetoric, it took National Guardsmen armed with live ammo to make integration happen. 

AnCap philosophy denies the existence of the "tyranny of the majority" by framing it as a personal liberty issue. Having grown up in the neighborhoods and having loved many people affected by these ideologies, it's exceedingly difficult not to see it for what it is: a utopian ideal based on the concept that humans are better than we think deep down inside. 

Unfortunately, history shows us differently. We will shit all over those we think less than ourselves given the opportunity. We've done it over and over and over again. 

No, I don't want a deep and intrusive government, and I still deeply believe in personal liberties. I just disagree with most Libertarians about where those personal liberties begin and end. 

Summary

 - An AnCap paradise only works without being a dystopian nightmare when there is some vague semblance of equality of opportunity, and this doesn't happen without a regulating body. 

 - The Free Market is only the solution when there is some differentiation between the offerings; it's not effective when the commodity is fungible. Many of the companies that screw us the hardest are those offering fungible intangibles. See: telecom.

 - There are some things in our society which attaching a profit motivator to hurts us as a society over the long term. See: healthcare, education, law enforcement. 

Libertarian ideals are awesome, but without practical application and an acceptance of the realities of humanity, they are simply utopian ideals. We'd already have an AnCap paradise if we weren't all such assholes. 

This post sponsored by +Arthur Brownlee IV and the +Libertarian Party of Florida 
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While I am an Android developer, you won't find my apps on the market place. I design specific apps for business needs that are privately used within the companies that hire me to write them.
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I spent over $2k with this company over the years and several of my charges were questionable but not all. Today I took my car in for a brake job and oil change. $460 plus 3 packs of cigarettes went missing. I won't spend another dime there.
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I haven't been to this place in close to a year now. The new job has kept me away from my old morning ritual of coming here and getting whatever work I needed to do without the distractions from my office. Floyd remembered the drink I used to order back then and asked me if I wanted one like it was just yesterday. You won't get that from the Starbucks where I've never been waited on by the same person twice.
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Good beer selection. Decent for a light lunch or midday coffee
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Great Po-boys. Not any pricier than any other po-boy shop. One of my favorites in this city! Their gumbo is one of the best you can find in any restaurant around.
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