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Saturday, November 07, 2009

From a post in the pit

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The United States is largely capitalist, but with many socialist programs. Just to name a few - Medicare, medicaid, social security, welfare, public schools, public roads, soon (knock on wood) semi-public health care, and pretty much any other program run by the government.

A purely capitalistic state would presumably involve multiple corporations in competition acting as their own pseudo-government, taxes would be replaced by optional payments to these corporation in exchange for protection by the corporation. This protection would be carried out by an armed force paid by the corporation. Those who didn't pay would not be protected, enabling people to do things to them that they could not do to those who did pay for protection.

Chances are, conflicts would break out between these corporations at some point, and the corporations would use their armed forces to force those who opted out of the protection fees to pay them, rendering these payments no longer optional. Eventually, each of these corporations would stake out their own land in which everyone would be forced to pay protection to the corporation.

If you think about it along these lines, the United States government is nothing more than a democratically elected corporation that forces everybody to buy protection under the law. However, I'm not in any way saying that this is a bad thing, as the government also provides the above socialist programs along with enough capitalism to entitle the individual to (most of) the fruits of his or her labor.

In other news, I just pulled a possible explanation for the political history of the world out of my ass.
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Andragon wrote on Mar 12th, 2010 2:23am

Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch at a police station with an officer selling "protection" plans.

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