Re: Externalities (was Re: Gun census Tally: Sun, Dec.21,

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*
Sun, 21 Dec 1997 13:59:42 -0800


>If this is so, then firearms are not as inexpensive as the market is
>telling us,

Possibly, depending on what distinctions are made re: terminology (a fight
I have no interest in entering with you).

>and they may not be the most practical method of ensuring
>your own personal autonomy and freedom.

This, while it is arguable, is a complete non-sequitur. The "if this is so,
then" part of your sentence suggests a sequitur for which I find no
evidence in any of the rest of your post. Are you, perhaps, throwing sand
in the bull's eyes?


I could argue that there is no method available that "-ensures- {emph. mine] [one's] own personal autonomy and freedom", but I know of an approach that seems to be recurrently popular the world over and has some success rate: monopolize power and subjugate everyone else. It worked for Bokassa, Amin, Dzugashvili, Emperor Ch'an... And _it's_ not a sure thing, and you have to be a certain type of person.

I don't want this to devolve into a kneejerking match, but let me pose the same question I asked earlier in a slightly different form: what is the external cost of that left-for-dead fifteen year old girl? > >______________________________ >Keith M. Elis >A/K/A Hagbard (to the initiated) > > > (NOTE: Robotlike replies to the above address will fail; *noncommercial* communications are welcome; kindly substitute a hyphen for the asterisk in the above address. Sorry for any inconvenience.)