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  1. Let's stipulate that free markets are the optimal economic arrangement and that taxation is theft and regulation oppression. Still, it has always disturbed me how those who favor free markets have framed the issue. If people were rational, they would choose a free market economy. They aren't so the choose socialism, in one form or another, instead. Socialism is as natural as any other human vice. And while it may not have always been called "socialism", the essential elements of it stretch back throughout human history. I suppose you might quibble about the moral self-justification th
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