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L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 923, May 21, 2017

Most Members of Parliament are less than
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Letter from A.X. Perez



Letter from Kristophr

Re: “The Other Stars and Stripes” by L. Neil Smith

The pro-anti slavery fighting in Kansas and Missouri before the rebellion, as well as the acrimony when the day-old California Republic's anti-slavery constitution was accepted as the State of California's constitution may indicate otherwise.

The rebellion was about both slavery AND state’s rights.

And yes, Lincoln did offer to resurrect an old amendment permanently enshrining slavery, if the South would re-join the Union. Slaves in the Union slave states remained slaves until the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were passed.

The Republicans ended reconstruction (by removing Union troops) because a possible homosexual was almost given the Presidency. They reconvened the Electoral college, using Electors who hadn’t arrived in time as an excuse, and for this consideration, the Democrat Electors re-voted faithlessly, and Elected the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee as President.

This allowed Democrat thugs to murder or remove from office newly elected black congressmen, and Jim Crow laws to be passed.

Both sides were plenty dirty.

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Kristophr
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Letter from A.X. Perez

The wrong question, the right answer

Apparently somebody asked the soon to be Miss USA, “Is health care a right or a privilege?” Her answer was eloquent and intelligent. It was also wrong.

The correct answer, to quote Marissa Tomei is “That’s a bullshit question.” Health care is neither a right nor a privilege. It is a commodity. Rather it is a basket of goods and services, everything from the staple holding a doctor's notes to a folder to the sublime skills of a neurosurgeon. We purchase the goods (vaccines, aspirin) and contract for the services (check ups, surgery) at a fair price determined by supply and demand. Some of the are quite cheap, see above referenced staple. Others, a neurosurgeon’s time, are quite dear. Many people use insurance to pay the bulk of these costs, often we include health insurance in the definition of health care.

I have the right to dispose of my income as I please, and it seems wise to me to use it to purchase health insurance. Those people selling me their services and goods have the right to sell it at a fair profit as determined by supply, demand, and marketplace competition.

However, to ask if healthcare is a right or a privilege is a bullshit question because it implies that healthcare should be provided by the political system, not the market place. As long as the question is defined in this way we will get Obamacare and Repeal and Reform. As long as we deny the market those actually providing heath care will be overpriced to the consumer and the providers will be underpaid.

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