Stalin, planning and the libertarian critique

glevy at glevy at
Sat Sep 30 16:19:58 MDT 1995

Chris S. wrote:

> 	Depends on which commodities we're talking about; some are far
> higher priced due to inflation or price supports (both of which, I've
> argued, are political in origin.)

Cost-push? Demand-pull? Profit-push?

> 	Considering that the most deadly products (nuclear weapons) have
> come from state intervention, and my own belief that privatization can
> force owners into accountability by internalizing externalities, I think
> a market might make for a healthier environment than a non-market system.

If the nuclear energy industry was privatized without government
regulation, do you really think that would result in a "healthier
environment"? The very idea sends shivers down my spine.


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