Wow, that’s a lot of response. First, my second degree is in philosophy, from the University of Washington, Seattle — which is actually an ‘analytic’ program in the tradition of the logical positivists (Popper etc.) My philosophy of law and politics prof was a hardcore libertarian, so I’m familiar with the position, I just don’t agree with it — for ethical reasons.
Frankly, this article is more about ethics than economics.
I really don’t enjoy economics, although I have read Milton Freidman and my thoughts on his ideas were ‘meh’ — Ayn Rand, I read that too, she’s lost and wrong in so many ways I don’t even know where to begin. Just, No.
After reading your response I think you misinterpret me in a great many ways, ignore several of my real points and paint my position with assumptions that you’ve probably held for years.
What I have tried to do is emphasize gray areas and the real power of mixed economies. I don’t believe in black and white answers, they are never ‘best practices.’
My own perception of socialist democracies is first hand and comes from lived experiences understood through the lens of my education in philosophy. No one can really invalidate that, we all take in the world from the perspective of who we are. I am not like you, I work from a different ethical foundation. I think we will have to agree to disagree.
Thanks for taking the time to answer, I appreciate your effort.