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The Relationship Between Sex and Rape

August 26th, 2008

Mises.org has an interesting review of recent research regarding pornography and sex crimes, specifically rape. Its important to know the difference between condoning a consenting act and legalizing it. What if restrictive pornography laws are causing a dangerous increase in violent sex crimes like rape? Is legislating morality worth it?

Day Care at Work

August 26th, 2008

If you would like to read some whining about how day care should be like health insurance, every employer hands it out, you can read a New York Times analysis about the terrible life of Googlers. Yes, these liberal whiners want their employers to subsidize their child care too. Wouldn’t you rather have the $12,000 per child per year to decide where you place your children instead of getting a subsidy? Google subsidizes $37,000 a year. I would rather have that in my paycheck than going to the crazy lady’s (Susan Wojcicki) pet project.

You get three choices: Fastest, Best, Cheapest… pick two. Googlers are figuring out this rule. The best child care is going to cost you, and as it turns out, your employer too!

Competition Among Public Schools

August 25th, 2008

You may or may not be familiar with Arizona’s Open Enrollment Law. It states that children may attend any public school their parents prefer, inside or outside their district. It was Janet “The Commie” Napolitano’s idea of the free market in the school system (She hates the idea of vouchers.  I.E. public schools having to compete with (read lose to) private schools).  The East Valley Tribune has an article talking about how Tempe Union will begin busing kids from Maricopa to Tempe for school.  This addresses why there has been such a slow uptake of out-of-district educations. District managers have kept their buses in their district to stay off each others’ toes, eliminating any improvement the Open Enrollment Law could of had. However, the free market, no matter how handicapped by bureaucracy, still functions. The article has a significant amount of whining, but the real details can be extracted. From the article:

“When we’re invading another district’s boundary to get them, I think that’s not quite fair,” said longtime Tempe Union High School District board member Michelle Helms, who recently opposed her district’s plan to allow Tempe buses to pick up students in Maricopa. “I would not like someone to come into our boundaries and take our children.”

This statement is exactly why the free market works when governments stay out of the way. Michelle does not want people coming into her boundary to take “their” children, because then she does not have to work to maintain her populations. She can be lazy and poorly execute her job without the chance of losing it. I also like how she thinks its not fair for “her” students to be forced to attend a school in her district with an obvious perception of ineptness. How Terrible!

To be clear, I do not support The Commie’s plan. Vouchers are the best, fastest, cheapest way to obtaining world class education for our kids. How many people have heard of Lendingtree.com? When schools compete, our kids win!

On a side note, this demonstrates why cartels don’t work. Some member will always break the agreement to obtain an advantage in the market.

Motley Crue and Drug Use

August 21st, 2008

Mises.org has a great write-up on drug legalization. Vedran Vuk does a great job spelling out the current legal and nonlegal costs of doing drugs. He demonstrates that the legal costs of doing drugs is significantly, if not overwhelmingly, lower than the nonlegal costs of doing drugs. The illegalization of drugs introduces violence to the drug scene, something unneccessary and costly to our society.

Bottom line: Rehab and responsibilities are far better for society than prison and the police state.

Socialism Causes Pulled Teeth

August 21st, 2008

The BBC has an article exposing the painful truth of socialized medicine in Britian’s dental industry. They showed that as dental care was socialized, dentists started to pull teeth instead of treat them with fillings, etc. That is the ugly truth of universal health care. By offering everyone the same care, the quality must drop in order for the market to support it, unless you can afford to privately pay for the correct services.

Venezuela Nationalizes Cement Industry

August 18th, 2008

The BBC has a brief article regarding Venezuela’s nationalization of its cement industry. I can’t wait to see the long term affects this has on both Venezuela’s economic and civil future as well as the global cement market. Is anyone keeping score on how aligned Venezuela is with 1930′s Nazi Germany? It blows my mind to think that this guy thinks this is what’s best for his country. I wonder how many friends he has in the cement industry? Or the housing industry? How much longer until all foreign investment in Venezuela pulls out? If I was in Venezuela, I would need a change of shorts. Scary.

Feasibility of a Privatized Police System

August 14th, 2008

We already have a private sector version of our local police department. Recall that the police have two main roles; crime investigation, and crime prevention (although its been demonstrated they can’t completely fulfill this role, and what they can costs an outrageous amount of tax dollars). We, the private sector, through the sheer existence of two industries, private investigators and security firms, have demonstrated the complete lack of fulfillment of either goal of our local police department. Since, we the market, have demonstrated that police departments are replaceable, lets hypothesize the outcome of a privatized police industry:

Private investigators are called to investigate robberies, murders, rapes, etc. They collect evidence, eye witness accounts, and submit cases to the district attorney. Only crimes with victims are investigated. Victimless crimes like prostitution and drug sales go uninvestigated. A limitation of this would be if you saw your neighbor’s house getting robbed, or your neighbors were domestically disputing (beating one another), you would either be forced to address the robber or domestic disputer your self (and your Colt .45), or call your own PI.

Another impact would be the lack of traffic violations. There would be no more speeding tickets.  This is a very interesting concept. Speed limits exist to “reduce” the number of collisions in an area. I argue that speed is less of an issue than lack of attention, but no radar gun can detect lack of attention. And as it turns out, even with speed limits, we still have collisions. So, only violations of another’s rights are punishable offenses. It is not illegal to speed. Its illegal to crash into someone else. When some one rear-ends you, you call your PI, or handle it yourself.

To address the second goal of police departments, we have security guards. For those of us too delicate to protect ourselves (yes, I am mocking that demographic), you may hire all sorts of guardians, whether its electronic (security systems like Brinks and ADT), security with whistles, or armed guards like at the bank. Either way, you get to decide the degree of protection you want and how you want to administer it. You have organizations competing to get your business, better evidence collection methods, cheaper evidence processing methods, better service, faster response.

Some people will claim, but what about the poor? Well, for those of you not familiar with the poor, they rarely get police response anyways. What do you think the response time is of a robbery in a project or ghetto is? Often times its never. With today’s system, we all pay for crappy coverage. This proposed system allows everyone the opportunity to get great coverage, not just the rich like today.  Additionally, when there is not government claiming to help the poor (because they are only claims, rarely results), we, the market, establish organizations to help the poor. Ever heard of the Salvation Army?

I realize the Left is busy throwing a hissy fit right now because everyone deserves what only the rich can pay for. The Right is also busy throwing a hissy fit because how else could they enforce hurtful, draconian drug laws and other moral legislation? This plan will never happen until I start my own town.

I ask you to submit both intended and unintended consequences below. I warn you, your ignorance will be exposed, so expect it.

Police use GPS to Track Citizens Unconstitutionally

August 14th, 2008

The Washington Post has an article exposing how police are illegally tracking “suspects” using GPS devices. To summarize the article. The police are too lazy, lack the evidence, or like to lead the charge to a police state (I vote all three) to obtain a warrant to use these devices. If they had enough evidence to get a warrant, then placing the is both cost and time effective. However, the police don’t care that we live by the rule of law. They have drank the coolaid. They will do what ever it takes to “protect” us from ourselves.

Vote for Bob Barr

August 4th, 2008

Just in case it was not clear who had my vote this election, let me clarify.

Bob Barr

Its obvious who I won’t be backing.

Great Lecture – Legalize Consenting Capitalist Acts

August 1st, 2008

Walter Block gave an excellent lecture titled. Legalize Consenting Capitalist Acts. I found the mp3 link here. The direct mp3 link is here. I strongly recommend you give it a listen, either in your car, your home, or office. He addresses “social problems” and economic problems. Walter gives you plenty of arrows for your quiver to defend yourself and our libertarian principles.

He favors the legalization of consenting adult behavior. For example, the current drug war costs us financially and socially. Libertarians want to legalize it. Anyone who knows someone who has abused drugs knows that sending them to jail for their acts will not make things better. People go to jail to learn how to steal, rape, and plunder better. It is far better to send drug addicts to rehab, thats why TV shows like Intervention exists. Its better for society (fewer drug addicts), cheaper (rehab is cheaper than jail). To paraphrase Walter,

We as libertarians do not condone these acts, but recognize that making these acts illegal is worse for society the the other options.

I, as a parent, do not want my kids to do drugs. I don’t want them to waste their time, health, and money on drugs. However, if despite my efforts, my kids do become addicts, I don’t want them to go to jail. I want to send them to rehab to bring them back to society as a productive member. Jail can’t and/or won’t do that.

This distinction above is very important. Walter states, that approximately 60% of prison residents are in prison for drug related “crimes”, i.e. drug posession, stealing to pay for their habit, etc. By legalizing drugs, the cost to deal drugs is significantly lower. This allows users to use without stealing because heroin is no longer $100 per high. Additionally, we as citizens can use that previous tax money to send our drug addicts to rehab.

I do have several additions to his talk. He mentions why women make, on average (statistics lie!), less than men. He mentions the traditional approach to home making often lands squarely at the feet of women. As you may know, if a couple wants to have a baby, that the woman typically gives birth to that baby. That woman will take time off to recover from that birth, 3-12 months, if not years. This period of time out of the workplace would cause both a man and a woman to lag in their field, both in regards to qualifications and therefore compensation. Thomas Sowell did a study comparing women who have not taken any time off to birth babies to men. On average, women made just as much as men, if not slightly higher. So, when comparing apples to apples, they are the same. However, if you include these women who took significant breaks in their career to birth and raise children, they experience lower wages, as expected.

Walter’s talk is excellent. Let me know what you think.

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