Would Abortion (exist) in a Free-Society?Submitted by OctoBox on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 15:12
All you anti-abortion folk are fighting for a free-society so this is an important meditation
Would Abortion (exist) in a Free-Society?
The Short-Answer is YES as "medical information / procedures" are "truly" private in a free-society. The only reason you know about how many abortions are performed is because of "gov't invasion" (census, licensure, certifications, accounting, and IRS).
The Long-Answer (and this is important for you "meddlers").
---having an opinion on a topic or "appealing" to people's virtue is great; but think of the leviathan you must un-bridle to even "know" that one abortion has occurred, it is the end of privacy regarding medical procedure.
Since RP is an Misesian (not a Rothbardian) Scholar, by his own admission -- it is important to understand what a Misesian Society would look like.
1st the NAP (non-aggression principle). This is a Rothbardian concept that Mises was VEHEMENTLY against. The NAP is a value-added philosophy and Mises was adamant that a free-society must be "value-free."
Value-added (long story short) requires some levels of "force" and "intervention." It is ideological, which according to all world history leads to "bigger gov't intervention" and never toward self-rule.
2nd in a Mises-style Free-Society the consumer-rules -- He called this Consumer-Sovereignty.
For the consumer to rule the consumer can be the ONLY influence on the corporation and he can be the only economic "salvation" as well.
Under Corporatism you have 3 possible revenue streasm:
3) Consumers-who-Abdicate (Vote and Lobby)
---Abdication Gives Rise to Gov't Intervention
----->Gov't Intervenes (historically) on behalf of Wealthy Interests
-------:*Predatory Lending (to turn consumers into borrowers)
-------:*Barriers to Competitive Entry
-------:*Taxes and Tax Loopholes
Under a Misesian Free-Society:
Abortion -- would it exist in a Misesian Society
Yes -- There would be no Gov't Monopoly on Information, No right-to-kidnap (so how do you try in court), Census, Certification, or Licensure.
How would you know the practices of a business (I'm thinking "mobile" anonymous doctors to avoid murder from anti-abortionists) if there was NO gov't tracking, forced accounting or IRS, etc etc?
Women would have these abortions without your knowledge -- that's it.
The reason you know about how many abortions there are is because of Gov't Census, Licensure, Certification, and Accounting and IRS databases etc.
Would the numbers be as high (as today)?
I would argue NO.
There is greater value (since entrepreneurial-ism is the ONLY revenue vehicle for profit-bursts -- no gov't intervention) in Women and "potential adults" (fetuses).