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Video: Why is the United States still in Afghanistan?

Dr. Steve Pieczenik explains

My take:

Cronyism is the explanation.

Large politically connected firms in the United States want control of the vast mineral wealth of Afghanistan.

Instead of using the market process of voluntary exchange to justly acquire property, these firms use the power of the State to unjustly expropriate the property of others.

In a free market, businesses can only obtain wealth through voluntary peaceful transactions.

The existence of the State enables businesses to expropriate wealth from others at the point of the gun.

Instead of using peaceful market exchange, that not only enriches themselves but others at the same time, they use the power of the State to enrich themselves at the expense of others.

Without the State, these firms would have to obtain these resources by competing on a free market like everybody else.

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