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Greed

Zerubbabel Wrote: Oct 25, 2012 8:53 PM
I appreciate that you came back to the thread. We are not communicating very well. After a cursory review of our dialog I suggest that you might give a closer reading of my posts. "Libertarianism ... attempts to argue WHEN force is justified (in defense of life, liberty and property)" What you describe above is the reality of our political standing order. D's and R's do exactly this and every political debate hinges on this justified use of government's force.
On TV, my Fox colleague Bill O'Reilly says, "The recession was brought on largely by greedy Wall Street corporations."

Give me a break.

Bill's smart. If he believes such things, we who care about freedom have done a poor job communicating economics.

Blaming problems on "greed" is a mindless cliche.

Yes, Wall Street was greedy -- but that's nothing new. Greed is a constant. Did you ever turn down a raise? We need a free market because it restrains greed. Laws against theft and fraud help, but competition does more. With this election approaching, and statist, eager-to-regulate candidates in ascent, we...