[ExI] Brief correction re Western Democracies [WASI am Call To Libertarians]

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Mon Feb 28 19:54:19 UTC 2011

On 02/27/2011 09:28 AM, Alfio Puglisi wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM, Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com 
> <mailto:stefano.vaj at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     2011/2/22 Alfio Puglisi <alfio.puglisi at gmail.com
>     <mailto:alfio.puglisi at gmail.com>>:
>     > On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM, Kelly Anderson
>     <kellycoinguy at gmail.com <mailto:kellycoinguy at gmail.com>>
>     >> Some libertarians go so far as to shorten this list to Army, Courts
>     >> and Police. There is no reason today for all roads not to be toll
>     >> roads IMHO. Why not regulate, then privatize prisons?
>     >
>     > Because it creates an incentive to incarcerate people? The more
>     people in
>     > prison, the more profits from prison management.
>     Come on. I can hardly be described as a libertarian, but to argue that
>     allowing private healh care services risks to encourage the deliberate
>     spreadinng of epidemics by their managers or shaheolders,
>     biowarfare-style, sounds as a rather bizarre and far-fetched argument.
> When I wrote that private prisons would be an incentive to bogus 
> incarceration I was hypothesizing, but now I found out that it has 
> already happened:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kids_for_cash_scandal

It does not require private prisons for this to happen.  The "prison 
industry" has been big business for decades using publicly funded prisons.

- samantha
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