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Did you stop beating your mom in the morning? That's exactly the type of question you've asked. The notion that there is some a priori ideal benchmark for the "proper" share of government spending of GDP is ludicrous. There is no such decision rule, not to mention that overwhelming majority of the discretionary spending was/is wasted on 1) bailouts of the incompetent private sector, 2) corporate welfare for defense contractors; 3) unpaid for wars. The so-called...
Nouriel Roubini, no commie for sure - in fact, one of the more succesfull capitalists who called the housing bubble - on Uncle Marx: “Karl Marx, it seems, was partly right in arguing that globalisation, financial intermediation run amok, and redistribution of income and wealth from labour to capital could lead capitalism to self-destruct" http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/08/2011816104945411574.html Obviously. Infinite growth and infinite profits in a...
Some combination of the two is inevitable - even the implementation straight up federal programs like medicaid and medicare varies by state...
There is no denying that private schools can and do many great things educationally thanks to independence and varying levels of exclusivity (but the exclusivity as such is also one of the draws). So the educational benefits are partially a spurious effect from relatively greater wealth Even for public schools, the wealthier the district - the more engagement and flexibility. The US schools are not shitty on average. The reason we suck so bad in international comparisons...
This has no bearing on provisions such as prohibitions on denying coverage for preexisting conditions. No part of the law micromanages how much and on what diseases to spend, beyond the broad provision that preventative care should be covered or at least cheapo.
Private schools were never about just the education. Not even primary because of the education. The elite ones are all about maintaining social status, fostering and perpetuating connections.So, many parents would overspend for a chance their offspring to mingle with the richer crowd.
Because it is a ridiculous 'idea' --> do people get sick 'differently' by state? No. The only rationale for this type of hand washing is to give the states to refuse to implement any new policies and just stick with the status quo. Did anything stop the individual states from rectifying the problem? No. That's precisely it was finally time for the federal government to step in (if with a totally shitty, lobbyist-written legislation).Hey! Why not also leave civil rights...
I wonder why only the old school commies get the bad rap about forced collectivization, given that all modern western capitalist trends point in the exact same direction: ever increasing power and centralization of organizations of all kinds - particularly the large MNCs - that employ and control quite tightly the lives of most of the population and the economic destinies of whole countries. For all intents and purposes we do live in a centrally planned economy - planned...
there've been so man anarchist writers that I doubt the strict translation is particularly helpful; absence of a "ruler" doesn't necessarily mean the absence of any mutually agreed upon goals, rules, etc...
"state of nature" is an intellectually untenable construct that. the enlightenment folks are excused to take the specific historic situation of their time - when social and and economic relations for the first time were developed and differentiated enough to allow the idea of autonomous individual - and extrapolate it as a universal "starting" point for thinking about society. But by now we should know better - there is no such thing as "state of nature". (in fact, the...
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