Re: Why Libertarianism is not mistaken

Robert J. Bradbury (
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 07:57:40 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 6 Sep 1999, Bryan Moss wrote:

> Robert J. Bradbury wrote:
> > Libertarianism might work if you have 40 acres surrounded
> > by a barbed wire electrified fence, a mine field between your hosue
> > and the fence and you get to deliver your food to the end
> > of your driveway. Oh yes, and don't forget, it isn't the American
> > Express card you should 'never leave home without', its a tank.
> OK, when was the last time you slaughtered your own cow before
> eating steak?

I can probably count on two hands the number of times in the last 25 years I've eaten meat (steak I could probably do on one hand), so I don't think this is much of a problem. And besides, I have it on reasonable authority that some of the cows are SI/alien agents so I'm quite content to stay on their good side.

> Despite the fact that none of us tend to do this, the government does not
> supply our meat, private industry does. Libertarianism is not suggesting
> you literally protect yourself it's suggesting you have a choice in who does
> protect you and what they protect you against.
Ok, well that's fine then. A little competition in providing "government" services (protection, law, meat inspection) would be a very interesting. But I think we may get back into the "too much information" problem. Are you qualified to judge whether U.S.D.A meat inspectors are better or worse than Elmer & Mo's Clean Meat Verification Services, Inc.? What about comparing in detail two legal systems such as the U.S. system and the French system?

While the idea is attractive, I think the problem is that the devil is in the details.