How to Answer "What If..." Questions by Free-Market Doubters and SkepticsSubmitted by RobHino on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:17
This has been posted before, but it warrants a repost because we all find ourselves falling into this trap regularly. This is how to answer all the "What if..." questions posed by free-market doubters and skeptics.
"Skeptics of the free market are forever asking, 'Well, how would the free market attend to mail delivery? Education? Or, whatever?' Satisfactorily answer these questions, they imply, or the free market case loses by default … often aspiring libertarians will stumble into the booby trap: they'll conjure up some sort of an answer....[Unfortunately] a person can no more explain how the free market would attend to mail delivery than his great-grandfather could have explained how television could ever emerge from free market forces!...How would the freed market attend to mail delivery were the postal service de-socialized? I don't know! Nor could anyone have known 100 years ago how the free market would develop the means to deliver the human voice from city to city.… No one could have predicted in 1865 what form these forces would take during the next hundred years." - Leonard Read, The Free Market and Its Enemy (1965)