May 13, 2010
March 5, 2010
Bryan Caplan writes:
Most libertarians condemn the public’s anti-market reflexes. Left-libertarians reply, in essence, is: “It’s only natural for the public to condemn the unholy alliance of big business and big government that passes for ‘the free market’ nowadays.”
The key problem with this position: Normal people think that government is the solution, not the cause, of monopoly problems. Before I studied economics, I repeatedly heard about government’s struggle against monopoly – and never heard that government might be part of the problem. I’ve been arguing about monopoly for two decades – and teaching about monopoly for the last thirteen years. As far as I can tell, the idea that government habitually creates monopolies on purpose is largely limited to free-market economists and the hard left.
It’s a perfectly valid argument. There’s only one problem. I don’t know of any left-libertarian that actually argues anything close to the “in essence” reply Caplan claims: that left-libertarians say that normal people are largely against the free-market because they are aware that it is really an “unholy alliance of big business and big government.” Read the rest of this entry »
January 28, 2010
Margaret Flowers, M.D. responds to the SOTU in an open letter to Barack Obama:
There was an opportunity this past year to create universal and financially-sustainable health care reform rather than expensive health insurance reform.
Flowers is talking about single-payer or as she likes to call it (in a move I suppose she intends to be an argument in its favor) “Medicare-for-All.” This was followed closely by:
This poor value for our health care dollar is due to the waste of having so many insurance companies.
So on the one hand, Flowers gets that health care and health insurance are two different things. But then she thinks that health care value is bad because of health insurance competition. Read the rest of this entry »