Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Arguing with socialists is fun!

I encountered two girls handing out copies of Socialist Worker magazine today. Naturally, I stopped to convince them that they were errant in their views. Naturally, they refused to listen to reason. Most of our exchanges went something like this (they were power-to-the-people types, but evidently power-to-the-individual wasn't in there):
Me: So you recognize a right to self-determination?
Them: Yeah.
Me: So how can you advocate socialism, where everybody is rubber-stamped and isn't allowed to decide for themselves what they want?
Them: Well, we more advocate a central revolution of the people.
Me:...

They also said "we don't really understand economics" when I explained how the free market prevents monopolies from forming. I suppose I should have already guessed that from the fact that they were handing out copies of Socialist Worker.

5 Comments:

Blogger Free American said...

the best way to convince women of the superiority of libertarian ideals is to sex them.

then leave your decision to see each other again to the vote of your friends and peers.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

umm nigel monopolies do occasionally form in free markets... like rockefeller and his companies. not until they were broken up by the government did they fall apart

7:15 PM  
Blogger Michael Dewberry said...

Three years ago I was in Rome a few days before President Bush's summit with Burlusconi (I know there's an e in there somewhere) and I got some Italian socialist propoganda. I couldn't argue with them because their english was marginal at best. Their Russian on the other hand.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Free American said...

actually, monopolies form where and when monopolies exist.

It's funny that most people despise corporate and "for-profit" monopolies, but have no problem with monopolies of law, which is what the US has become.

Federalism carried down to the level of "private" cities would make it near impossible for monopolies to form.

Just as it is hard if not impossible for corporations to create global monopolies because different countries have different laws, a federal government that did not fund and regulate states, cities, and businesses would make it harder for corporate monopolies to exist.

Lets look at the monopolies that do exist now:

energy companies that the states partially subsidize

cable companies that cities grant exclusive contracts to

phone companies that cities grant exclusive contracts to

the federal government which decides what sovereign States can and can't do.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Free American said...

actually, monopolies form where and when monopolies ALREADY exist.

1:50 AM  

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