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by JPA
Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama administration nixes Yucca Mountain
Replies: 28
Views: 3535

Re: Obama administration nixes Yucca Mountain

I think an interesting theoretical approach is to build small rocket launching facility next to nuclear power plants. Then you just need to launch a rocket periodically when you have enough radioactive payload with sufficient thrust to escape earth's gravity and collide with the sun. Small rockets w...
by JPA
Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5345

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

Only 15 States in the USA require Economics for part of a HS education. Many others offer it as an elective but not a requirement. So yes, many children will never hear good 'real world' advise about credit and getting your good financial habits in order. Ixtellor Relying on state regulations to su...
by JPA
Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 13223

Re: The 2% Illusion

I did not ignore the externalities. I stated that *all* externalities do not necessitate spending for the common good. I also stated that if a society spends tax revenue on all externalities that prevent the loss of life, that society will have a very low standard of living (lots of unhappy people v...
by JPA
Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 13223

Re: The 2% Illusion

Your choices of river, volcano, or desert is incomplete and misleading. There are millions of sq km of plains to populate here. And I was speaking of living on the land, not farming it. If someone wants to go into business farming these lands, that is a risk they take among many others. They (and th...
by JPA
Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 13223

Re: The 2% Illusion

All I asked was where do you draw the line? Taxes destroy personal wealth, so it's a very tricky argument to say that "taxes should be spent to prevent deaths" because on the consequence of following that decree to it's logical end. I agree with the intent of the statement, and limited app...
by JPA
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 13223

Re: The 2% Illusion

So we have the moral responsibility to give up our wealth for anything that might save lives? (or more specifically, have wealth taken from you in form of taxes to prevent the loss of life) Where do we draw the line? Is it just lives in the nation I live? Is it every preventable death in the world? ...
by JPA
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left vs. Right?
Replies: 57
Views: 7841

Re: Left vs. Right?

you don't need to carry around gold (or oil) to be on a commodity based monetary system. You deal in a receipt (digital or paper) of that commodity. You can still have floating exchanges of foreign currencies, as well as exit out to the backing commodity if you prefer. Debt is not wealth. It is the ...
by JPA
Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 13223

Re: The 2% Illusion

I think the case for government intervention is stronger than you're saying (and you're saying it's pretty strong). Volcano monitoring is an externality--it helps everyone, no matter who pays for it. How does volcano monitoring help me if I don't live near volcano's or fault lines? Does this really...
by JPA
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left vs. Right?
Replies: 57
Views: 7841

Re: Left vs. Right?

The federal government has to be able to override state laws, or there is no federal government--each state will simply use the laws it prefers. : Sounds like you don't like the concepts of self governance or secession? 2 concepts this country was founded on. Federal law only supersedes state law w...
by JPA
Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do animals have consciousness?
Replies: 63
Views: 7626

Re: Do animals have consciousness?

Humans are animals
Humans have consciousness
Therefor some animals have consciousness

QED.
by JPA
Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left vs. Right?
Replies: 57
Views: 7841

Re: Left vs. Right?

The Stranger, The political leaning of the SC take decades to swing. A political party is not going to set a trap to catch a senator 30 years from now. This is just one idea on how to enforce breach of contract between the people and the government they give their consent to be governed by. I am ope...
by JPA
Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left vs. Right?
Replies: 57
Views: 7841

Re: Left vs. Right?

Possible solutions include: - a more informed, educated citizen. We no longer teach civics in schools. We no longer talk about citizens responsibility of maintaining a republic. Very few of us are have an informed, neutral education on policy issues. My friends think I completely made up the idea of...
by JPA
Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left vs. Right?
Replies: 57
Views: 7841

Re: Left vs. Right?

There is no major differences between Left and Right policies in modern American politics and is a great example of a false dichotomy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dichotomy They are two sides to the same coin, both leading down a path towards more control over the population. They may do it f...
by JPA
Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Public Goods and Natural Monopolies (Belief in?)
Replies: 77
Views: 9512

Re: Public Goods and Natural Monopolies (Belief in?)

Most people believe that. Even the craziest of libertarians will usually agree that they like having an army, a police force, etc. yea, those crazy libertarians like the US founding fathers actually thought having a standing army was the greatest threat to liberty. Silly them! http://politicalinqui...
by JPA
Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5345

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

I consider myself a libertarian and read propublica every day. I was introduced to it via a card carrying member of the US socialist party. I absolutely believe propublica is a free market success (even with it's slight liberal editorial slant, because the free market represents liberals too). If yo...
by JPA
Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Better ways to tax Companies
Replies: 135
Views: 9749

Re: Better ways to tax Companies

as it was already stated on this thread, any corporate tax is regressive in nature (hits the poor harder) since costs are just included in the final consumer price. It always boggles my mind when liberals call for raising corporate taxes... the most progressive tax (if wealth redistribution was your...
by JPA
Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5345

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

Your logic is mostly correct, but external force is not the only option to force information in market transactions. The market participants are fully capable of forcing information parity. Additionally, it is in the best interest of the supplier to keep the market functioning (even if it hurts his ...
by JPA
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5345

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

Yes, I admit to being a skeptic to anyone peddling that "a little bit of socialism" is good for us. A much better writer than me pointed out that that is the "road to serfdom". However, I am not foolish enough to dismiss anyone's idea outright, I will always read well thought out...
by JPA
Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5345

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

umm how is internet a the socialist structure? ... The 'Net Neutrality' that exists makes the internet pretty 'socialist-like'. Of course, those that own the 'networks' are getting paid, but it would be dishonest to assert the government doesn't regulate and subsidize it for open-use (or ease of en...
by JPA
Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5345

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

umm how is internet a the socialist structure? it's a completely voluntary networks of networks, agreeing to use a common protocol by voluntary consent not government decree. The networks are privately owned and operated, and most of them only let traffic on their network only if they are getting pa...
by JPA
Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Public Goods and Natural Monopolies (Belief in?)
Replies: 77
Views: 9512

Re: Public Goods and Natural Monopolies (Belief in?)

Yes, I pay for a lot of things I don't want (eg Iraq), however even so I get what I do want at a lower cost than would otherwise be feasible. You failed to actually cite anything. What exactly do you get cheaper via a centrally planned government than a free market? (other than water/power in an ur...
by JPA
Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Public Goods and Natural Monopolies (Belief in?)
Replies: 77
Views: 9512

Re: Public Goods and Natural Monopolies (Belief in?)

If you have any arguments for private water or power in a large metropolitan area I would be interested to hear it. Ixtellor I don't, even as a free market purist. I've given it thought in the past, and it's pretty hard to think of an advantage (other than water purity problem I already stated, whi...
by JPA
Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5345

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

a few points My link to the paper was to show that it is not true that "Economists are essentially universally agreed that the lack of response ..." There is debate still going on that subject. My understanding was that Japan took a Keynesian approach to the 1990 recession (deficit spendin...
by JPA
Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5345

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

The OP's argument is based on the assumption that the banks that lent irresponsibility going bankrupt is a bad outcome. In capitalism and libertarian views, those banks should go out of business and that is a very good outcome. That was the view of the US government in 1929. Not long after the enti...
by JPA
Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Public Goods and Natural Monopolies (Belief in?)
Replies: 77
Views: 9512

Re: Public Goods and Natural Monopolies (Belief in?)

Ixtellor, I mostly agree on efficiency arguments of certain monopolies. The flaw in your reasoning is the lowest cost solution is not the only factor in a free market (otherwise BMW & Mercedes would be out of business). You have to consider other economic values. Problems with government granted...
by JPA
Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5345

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

The OP's argument is based on the assumption that the banks that lent irresponsibility going bankrupt is a bad outcome. In capitalism and libertarian views, those banks should go out of business and that is a very good outcome. If a business made a series of mistakes and mal investments, it should g...
by JPA
Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 95837

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

This is not actually true, for the same reason that hiring people to carry water to the sea does not boost your economy. Sure, it does increase the number of jobs. And yes, all those newly employed people will have more money to spend. But obviously it doesn't help your economy. New jobs only boost...
by JPA
Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why can't we just print money... ?
Replies: 124
Views: 27344

Re: Why can't we just print money... ?

How would you handle a situation where the economy is growing at 5% but the money supply is only growing at 3%. (You will first have to recognize the economic consequences of this case and its detriment to your nations economy) Easy, prices get cheaper. Stuff is cheaper to buy, because it was cheap...
by JPA
Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why can't we just print money... ?
Replies: 124
Views: 27344

Re: Why can't we just print money... ?

So... why wouldn't this work? If the US government had a policy of high inflation ($1trillion dollar created every year for the federal budget), then most people will dump the dollar and use an alternative (more stable) currency. Failing that, a barter system would arise. This is usually what happe...

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