I was fingered on this list for being out of topic..
First lesson on sociology was learn first to talk..
At 15.33 23/08/99 -0700, you wrote:
>> Most people would call me socialist for bringing this up but I think
>> it is both socialist and capitalist.
>> The idea is:
>> Free Medical & Dental
>> Free Education
>> Free Housing
>> Anything else you want you can buy.
>> The idea is by helping your neighbor you increase your own chance for
>> survival. Anyone for this? Against It? Any ideas on how it would work?
>Before this devolves into a thread about the "basics" of libertarian
>and capitalist thought, I recommend that you scan the Extropian reading
>list for its political works, especially Friedman's "Machinery of
>Freedom". Mt. Friedman's web site <http://www.best.com/%7Eddfr/>
>also has a lot of good material on it.
>Capitalism recognizes quite clearly that "helping your neighbor
>increases your own chance for survival"; indeed, because doing so
>is rational, it is not necessary for a government to mandate it
>by force--people will help their neighbors, friends, families, and
>even strangers anyway because they derive benefit from doing so.
>Indeed it is not at all unlikely that a libertarian community
>would provide some minimal level of assistance in the above areas
>as a human capital investment, or merely to keep the
>underprivileged from becoming a burden in other ways (crime, etc.)
>It would not, of course, /control/ those areas as our system does
>to a degree, because that would abridge the rights of free
>individuals to determine their own desire for housing, medicine,
>education, or other services and pay for whatever level of service
>Lee Daniel Crocker <email@example.com> <http://www.piclab.com/lcrocker.html>
>"All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past,
>are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified
>for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC