[ExI] EP and Peak oil

Max More max at maxmore.com
Wed Apr 2 01:07:15 UTC 2008

At 01:20 PM 4/1/2008, Damien wrote:
>At 09:10 AM 4/1/2008 -0700, Lee wrote:
> >and the proven poverty-creating socialisms of one kind or another
>What I'm reeling from consciously at the moment is the proven
>my-poverty-creating absence in the USA of the sort of medical health
>system, funded from taxation together with private insurance, that
>would support me in Australia.##

Damien, you Communist stooge, you. (Joking. You live in Texas. How 
red can you be?) You're right. The US medical care system is 
seriously messed up. But why do you reflexively assume more 
government is the answer? I expect you'd be willing to grant that the 
US system is very very far from a free market. Are you sure that a 
true free market in medical care wouldn't be a major improvement.

Answer me with a "yes, of course, you market-lovin' bozo", and it 
might spur me to finally put together a piece (for my brand spanking 
new blog) on what steps toward such a system might be.

>"Socialism" is an absurd would-be "red-baiting" description, but it's
>presumably the sort of scare label that frightens many working USians
>away from demanding such a health system. (But not US medicos, it
>seems: the latest study showed "More than half of U.S. doctors now
>favor switching to a national health care plan and fewer than a third
>oppose the idea, according to a survey published on Monday." (
>http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN3143203520080331 )

And, of course, U.S. doctors are SO smart about health economics that 
we should take this as the ultimate argument, right?


Max More, Ph.D.
Strategic Philosopher
max at maxmore.com 

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