The Enemy That Never Sleeps

It's often hard for libertarians to read the news. Two of today's articles will demonstrate.

First, Forbes reports that medical problems cause half of personal bankruptcies. It's obvious that medical care costs a whole lot more than it could. Surely this will be taken by policymakers and talking heads as proof that we need more socialism in the most socialized sector of our economy. I'm pretty healthy and expect to remain so, but some of you, dear readers, are screwed.

Second, Reuters reports that there are more than 5 million unemployed workers in Germany. One of the world's more socialized labor markets is failing, and surely this too will be taken by policymakers and talking heads as proof that they need more socialism there too.

Advances in medical and communication technologies enrich our lives, and this march never stops, but on a parallel track the march of socialism never stops either. Which will win out?

I suppose we have reason to be optimistic, because the march of technology will only increase while there's no logical reason why socialism won't ultimately be defeated in the ideological battleground. But the fight's not over yet.

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Who wants to defeat

Who wants to defeat socialism? We just want certain pieces of it converted into more useful "isms."

Diana, I'll have to look

Diana, I'll have to look into it a little more before I respond but your request is noted.

The chances of socialism

The chances of socialism being defeated are about the same as altruism and religion being 'defeated'. it would be like trying to defeat gravity. you have not defeated it by going into space, its still there.logicical thinking shall not prevail unfortunately.haha

Randall? Would you mind

Randall? Would you mind commenting on John Kerry's Kid's Come First Act[S.114]? I'm curious on the Libertarian perspective here as it's projected to decrease necessary hospitalizations by up to 22% if it passes. I'm supporting it as I believe doing all that's possible to help keep children healthy is the only way to give them a chance at becoming productive, successful adults in the future. That, and the fact that I've yet to here a more plausible option.

--Diana

The subject of that first

The subject of that first story crossed my mind yesterday. At one point during the day, I thought I had just suffered a collapsed lung (it would have been #5 for me in my short life), but it luckily turned out to be a false alarm. I had medical insurance for the first 4, but I'm currently without insurance, so I definitely would have been screwed if it was the real deal!

From the Harvard

From the Harvard study:

"Even universal coverage could leave many Americans
vulnerable to bankruptcy unless such coverage was
more comprehensive than many current policies."

This hardly leaves the study open to something for anyone to hold up and yell 'Eureka! Proof positive that we must have socialization!'

All the study really does is tell us if you are not fairly well off -- and you become seriously ill -- you may be screwed. Duh, eh?

--Diana

"Which will win out?" I

"Which will win out?"

I could tell you, Randall, but that would ruin the story for everyone. Better to just watch and find out on your own.

So, sometimes it costs a lot

So, sometimes it costs a lot of money to get well? And sometimes, not everyone can afford their treatments? Who'd a thunk it?

Every single medical disorder is curable, given enough money. Oh, sure, it may cost $20 trillion and 30 years of research by millions of scientists, but hey, what's money when your health is at stake?

What the single-payer crowd never admits is that there will always be people kicking off because not enough money was spent to save them. What happens when some researcher discovers that the thyroid of the wild blue whale can cure blindness? (I include "wild" to make sure that cloned tissue is inadequate for this scenario.) Is there any amount of money in the world that will ensure a proper supply of wild blue whale thyroids? No, there isn't. This cure for blindness will have to be rationed some way.

There will always be medical treatments that are too expensive to undertake, if for no other reason than the cost/benefit of a multi-trillion dollar research program for a disease that affects only a few people will never pencil out, even in the most bleeding-heart societies. People are always going to die because of economic considerations. Period. End of story.