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There is a cost to protecting individuals and property. Spend too little on protection (police, courts etc) and more rights will be violated because the perpetrators are not stopped. Since freedom and productivity correlate, the moral argument that freedom must be maximized will occur at some point and that point presumably occurs at the peak of the Rahn curve. I think Dan is wrong about the 10% point, it's too high. As government is cut back to its proper purpose its efficiency will improve.
If you listen to Republicans you hear "Cut Spending". If you watch Republican you see more and more spending.
Nominate candidates that can win? Does Barone mean candidates like Romney who Barone thought was a shoe-in? Barone lives in the past. The present belongs to Nate Silver and scientific analysis, not wishful thinking, crystal balls and hand waving.
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