May 20th, 2004


Something from USENET, that I'm just saving to remember...

we have a rational means of sharing resources. It's called "capitalism" and works fine when people don't gum it up.

Tell that to a starving child. But you just don't care about that, do you?

I find this dynamic fascinating, largely because it occurs so often.

Statist: "Children are starving."

Capitalist: "If you want children not to starve, the way to go about that is to adopt a market economy with clear, well-defined property rights and the rule of law."

Statist: "You obviously don't care about the starving children."

Can somebody please explain to me *why* anti-capitalists find that last move so irresistible? I mean, it makes no logical sense at all, and yet I've heard it, or some variation of it, so many times that it cannot be coincidence.