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

From: Barbara Lamar (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 12:06:57 MDT

Jerry Mitchell wrote:

>I agree about the zoning laws, their clearly anti-freedom based. Home
>ownership assoc. on the other hand are a perfectly acceptable mechanism to
>"block off" a large section of area

Home ownership associations and deed restrictions, voluntarily accepted, are
fine. I doubt you've ever built or substantially remodeled or restored a
building, or you'd be aware of the numerous hoops one has to jump through to
satisfy state and local building codes. These codes often require that a
person hire licensed roofers, plumbers, electricians, etc. to do the work,
rather than allowing the building owner to do the work herself. The codes
require such things as central heat and air conditioning, electrical outlets
every x number of linear feet, specific approved wall coverings and siding,
etc. etc. They often prohibit the use of inexpensive construction methods
such as straw bale (which, incidentally, is more resistant to fire than
standard balloon framing construction).

>I would be willing to bet a VERY large percentage of people sleeping under
>bridges in the US are their from the choices they made. (99% maybe?,
>certainly over 95%). They were not put there by "Tha manT".

Hey Jerry, I'd advise you to check it out a little more thoroughly before
you put money on your bet. You ever tried sleeping under a bridge? Not a
very secure place to sleep. Easy place to get beat up, raped, have all your
stuff stolen. Cold in winter. Wet when it rains.


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