Re: capitalist religion (was: NANO: _Forbes_ cover story)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Wed Jul 18 2001 - 11:37:42 MDT

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Tiberius Gracchus wrote:
> On Wed, 18 Jul 2001 06:50:15 -0700, you wrote:
> > If the
> >government's power was limited in the extreme, then less of this predation
> >would go on.
> >
> This is really the root of the Libertarian argument! But it is deeply
> flawed: with no govt, the rich/ the professional
> associations/corporations/lobbyists will just buy squads of goons to
> get their way. Oh you say the govt will enforce law and order (as is
> its task under the libertarian ideal) and will deal with the goons?
> And so then the govt must have money to hire people to do this
> task...and so then the rich/professional associations/corporate
> lobbyists will then buy the now-powerful govt formed to stop them.
> And of course whatever they do, they always grease the rails with
> media propaganda....catch 22.

No, we don't expect a government to enforce law and order. I suggest you
read David Friedman's "The Machinery of Freedom" first to get a more
accurate perception of libertarian arguments. Most of what you are
saying will go away.

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