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Walter Block Debates Marxist Professor - Check Out This Statement

Not long before the fall of the USSR, Walter Block bless his soul had to debate this professor James Rice on government welfare.

Check out 1:25:20-1:27:20. Walter Block raises the point about private sector competition driving quality up and prices down, and Professor Rice calls it a lie. It's astounding:
http://youtu.be/e0B5d8rjbMs

In his opening remarks, Professor Rice describes the goosebumps he felt when first hearing the Declaration Of Human Rights. Always the emotional over the rational.

He even uses Adam Smith's discussion of "cooperation" to support the idea of government welfare -- as though wealth redistribution and cooperation are one and the same. It's pure insanity.

Walter is a champ.

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One Questioner Accuses Block Of Ignoring Emotion

Quite right.

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

If he said

"wealth of the nation" one more time ......

Indeed

The wealth belongs to the collective straight away; that way it's easier to justify "distributing it" as the "society organizer" sees fit.

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Who is "WE" and who is "ONE" [Emphasis mine]

I quote:

"The argument has yet to be made that WE are not in need of a social welfare system. That is a system that identifies and recognizes that WE are an interdependent, dependent society.

And therefore, it is on that base that I would set aside the negative rights, not in denying them, not in saying these are... Are not notions that WE can think about, but simply in saying to you, they are not useful notions around which one can organize a society.

They do not provide a useful line of analysis around which ONE can organize a society that distributes it's... The fruits of the wealth of the nation in a way that is fair and equitable."

~ James Rice @ 45m53s
Oh dear!

I Think "We" Is Canada And Is Also The Panel/Audience

Whereas "one" is the society organizer (disgusting, no?), whose sole concern apparently is the distribution of wealth.

Notice too how the wealth in his words always belongs to the nation and not to private individuals. It is the wealth "of the nation" that the society organizer is tasked with distributing. (As Thomas Sowell says, the left has no interest in how wealth is created, only in how it is distributed.)

I love it when Block says why stop at Canada, since the rest of the world's people are just as important as anyone else? (If you really want to make everyone equal, the only option is to make everyone poor.)

I also love it when Block says why stop at wealth? What if we could equalize beauty, IQ, and so forth? It makes no more sense to equalize wealth than it does to equalize these other things.

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Block's Actual Views On Slavery, In Case The NYT Is Interested:

check out 1:43:15-1:43:45

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

hahah ... oh mannnn

I wish the internet didn't strip out how hard I'm laughing right now.

The socialist guy started to to talk @ 1:25 or 1:26 and I lost it - classic - man, talk about entirely missing the point! This guy was oozing sincerity and belief in the fruitloops that were coming out of his mouth.

I guess once you study this stuff enough economics gets to be some kind of dark humor ... Krugman has the same affect on me, sometimes I laugh so hard at his drivel I get tears in my eyes lol.

Oh yeah and - watch the reaction of one lady in the crowd in particular after he rails on for a minute about "they just want to raise prices!" .. she knows what Im talkin about!! =)

Even If What He Says Were True (Which It's Not)

He doesn't seem to appreciate that the consumer doesn't have to pay the high price of a private business, but he does have to pay the high tax of the government.

Fruit Loops indeed.

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Feeling The "Goosebumps"

...is what helps lead to hearing the goosesteps.