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  1. Ken Arromdee says:

    I’d point out that a government has a monopoly on force and I would think that it generally isn’t right for the government to charge people for better treatment in a situation that involves the government’s use of force. Four of the original five examples are such cases.

  2. Kent Schenkel says:

    Excellent review. I had read the Waldron review where he points out that Sandel ignores Walzer’s contributions but bringing in the Robert Frank research really has the potential to enrich this project. Very thought-provoking.

  3. Jimbino says:

    How do you explain this:

    National parks, forests and BLM lands, as well as state parks and beaches, charge very little to enter, and national park entry (even Yosemite) is free to those over 60 and anyone in their car.

    Why do you almost NEVER see a Black, Hispanic or Native American face in any of them? They amount to nothing but White Country Clubs, though fully 80% of visitors to Yosemite, for example, are Asians, mostly foreign tourists.

    These are prime candidates for privatization of the management and, perhaps, outright sale. Ted Turner, Walmart and Disney serve poor minorities better.

  4. Wonks Anonymous says:

    This Israeli thinks we should be skeptical of that daycare study. By his account they did not keep good enough records to substantiate the claim:
    http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2005/10/revenge_of_the.html

  5. Eric Hodgdon says:

    @ Jimbino
    Sure let’s sell EVERYTHING in America, after all it’s stolen except the middle part, which was stolen before being purchased.

  6. Eric Hodgdon says:

    However, the book and subject reveal many parts of our system and society. The evidence is clear, but more is not said.

    A good look back to Woodrow Wilson in 1912, where, in his speeches while running for office, he talks about American industry producing too much for the people to consume, therefore, America needs to conquer the World’s markets and control them.

    Then, as Europe returned from WW2 devastation’s, our ability to keep our markets growing, stopped. But, this was not seen as so, but was most likely the Stagflation of the 1970s.

    Thus enters Ronny Reagan and his Voodoo Economics. Growth continued, but by different means.

    Cannibalistic Capitalism ensued, which fueled growth as it ate into the regular Americans lives, livelihoods, and life.

    Financial transactions fueled the apparent growth, which continue to today, as our national incomes keep rising, as an average, for only a few at the top.

    The never mentioned drawback of Capitalism is that growth can not be had without an external input, and more importantly, it can not continue on a finite planet – Earth.

    Capitalism must end in these United States before millions and millions die in abject poverty.