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  1. I don't make that equivocation at all. I asked "How would a monopoly government set the prices it charges for security, criminal courts, arbitration and wages for its employees?" I actually advocate the abolition of monopolies, like the government. I talk about competition on a free market for the security and arbitration industries. I understand that you want this field (security and arbitration) to be exempt from economics, but it isn't. The establishment of a monopoly in a particular field (in this case security and arbitration) does not change the fact that it is an e
  2. What about arbitration? Those are essentially private courts. Police and Courts are the primary fixtures of Rands government (Military too, i know.)
  3. Edit: The title got cut off. It was supposed to be: "Why do Ayn Rands views on coersive monopolies not apply to her ideal government?" Ayn Rand had this view of monopolies: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/monopoly.html#order_2 How would the Objectivist government, which is, according to Rand, a monopoly ("a government holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force".), avoid the problems that Rand illustrates ("[the ability to] set its prices and production policies independent of the market," "immunity from competition," "[immunity] from the law of supply and demand
  4. I don't really consider myself a leftist, but I think this was directed at me, so I'll answer: No, what I want is for the government restrictions that deny people opportunitys in business start up, self-employment and cottage industry to be abolished. It is those restrictions that create an artificial surplus of labor which leads to these terms of employment becoming viable. Tucker talks about this when he advocates the abolition of the central bank: "This facility of acquiring capital will give an unheard of impetus to business, and consequently create an unprecedented demand for labor,
  5. TL;DR: alleged defender of free market comes out in defense of mixed economy, claims regulation is trivial.
  6. How different would walmarts business model (their actually, current, existing right now in reality business model) be if they * had to pay for the roads that are made by the government for the use of large military vehicles (amounts to a transportation subsidy) how would walmart have built the interstate highway system without taxation and eminent domain? the majority of citizens have no need for those kinds of roads) * Couldnt use imminent domain to aquire property * didnt have access to a cheap disposible, artificially inflated labor market created by government regulation * couldnt
  7. So, the question is does the actual practice match up with the theory you posted? No. http://prq.sagepub.com/content/66/3/585.abstract "Using data from the 2004 National Annenberg Election Survey, and multiple roll call votes, I examine Senate responsiveness for the 107th through 111th Congresses. The results show consistent responsiveness toward upper income constituents. Moreover, Republicans are more responsive than Democrats to middle-income constituents in the 109th Congress, and a case study of the 107th Senate reveals that responsiveness toward the wealthy increases once Dem
  8. "James would have us believe the country has minimum wage laws because companies like Walmart pushes for them." Its actually a matter of fact: http://money.cnn.com/2005/10/25/news/fortune500/walmart_wage/ "Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott said he's urging Congress to consider raising the minimum wage" http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304908304579563763405679116 ""We are not opposed to minimum wage increase, unless its directed exclusively at us," said Wal-Mart U.S. President Bill Simon," "James and all his similar anti-business posts." I'm actually against cron
  9. Actually you can see from this study: http://prq.sagepub.com/content/66/3/585 that only the wealthy are represented in congress. "I examine Senate responsiveness for the 107th through 111th Congresses. The results show consistent responsiveness toward upper income constituents." Further: "The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists" to protect incumbent interests, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Atlantic editor James Bennet at the Washington Ideas Forum. "It's shocking how the system actually works." www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/20
  10. http://anarchobjectivist.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/a-free-market-defense-of-walmart-not-so-fast/ "In his November 27, 2013 Forbes article, Doug Altner asks the question, “Why do 1.4 million Americans work at walmart?” His answer, presumed to be along free market lines, is that walmart and its employees voluntarily trade value for value to mutual benefit and satisfaction."
  11. Thanks for your comments... Parah and I started that forum /r/objectivism a couple of years ago while it was abandoned. There are plenty of mainstream objectivist forums, like this one, or 4aynrandfans.com. I really don't understand the desire to have that one as well. I would really encourage the people who don't like /r/objectivism because of who it's moderators are, or because of our views on the various objectivish movements, to join one of the other forums.
  12. http://mises.org/document/1022 History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II Murray N. Rothbard The master teacher of American economic history covers money and banking in the whole of American history, to show that the meltdown of our times is hardly the first. And guess what caused them in the past? Paper money, loose credit, reckless lending standards, government profligacy, and central banking When will we learn? When people understand the cause and effect in the history of these repeating calamities In a complete revision of the st
  13. Early adopter and long time Rand associate Barbara Branden passed away yesterday, 12/11/2013. I would highly recommend her course “Principles of Efficient Thinking.” I wanted to recognize her life and passing with this blog: http://anarchobjectivist.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/barbara-branden-rip/
  14. "That's because big businesses are always targeted as evil simply because of their success." [Citation needed.] This one of those Randian assumptions that doesn't fit the facts. "It's a point that almost no one makes other than Objectivists." Except every conservative ever. "There's nothing wrong with being large or successful." What if you are at successful at graft and political pull? Still virtuous? "To think Objectivists never point out that the poor are hurt the most due to government intervention is fallacious." Do you have a link to an article explaining as m
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