RE: Guaranteed income (was capitalist religion)

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 19:26:09 MDT

Barbara also writes

>>> But theoretically, yes, I'd like to live in a world where every
>>> person was guaranteed basic food, shelter, and medical care.

>>So would we all. It's frankly a question of how high a price
>>we have to pay, whether it would work, and whose rights we have
>>to trample on to get there.

> I agree. BTW, I don't recall writing anywhere that I desire to trample
> anyone's rights (I don't believe I even implied this). I either failed to
> make my meaning clear, or you read something into what I wrote that wasn't
> there.

Here is where the confusion comes from and it seems that you
imply it: whenever you endorse a guaranteed minimal income,
libertarians point out that this means sanctioning the forceful (!)
seizure of assets (i.e. taxation) of individuals, hence a trampling
of individual rights.


P.S. Thanks a lot for your cogent words concerning

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