[ExI] The Circle of Coercion

Harvey Newstrom mail at harveynewstrom.com
Sat May 16 15:56:10 UTC 2009

On Wednesday 13 May 2009 12:35:55 am Lee Corbin wrote:
> Dan wrote:
> > --- On Mon, 5/11/09, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> 2009/5/11 Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com>:
> >>> trying to impose communist health care?
>  >
>  > I disagree with Lee's rhetoric here.  I don't
>  > think it's communist healthcare; but it's
>  > definitely not free market and healthcare
>  > in the US has not been predominantly free
>  > market for many decades now.
> Wow, that word sure touched a nerve here and there,
> even uncapitalized!  One was supposed to read
> "collectivist". But really, just what is the
> difference?

Communism has the state owning everything.  I don't see the state taking 
ownership of all the doctors offices, hospitals, and insurance companies.

Collectivism has the means of production centralized.  I don't see all the 
doctors, hospitals and insurance companies merging into a single company or 

Socialism has community ownership and means of production.  I don't see the 
community taking away private practices and facilities.

So it seems that the heavily-laden words trigger people to veer off into all 
different historical political positions that have little to do with the actual 
implementation details of healthcare.

Harvey Newstrom <www.HarveyNewstrom.com>

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