Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Teaching Economics to Anarcho-capitalists

As I've mentioned before...Anarcho-capitalism and Pragmatarianism...there are two ways that somebody can arrive at anarcho-capitalism...

Route 1 - they can study economics
Route 2 - they can study morality

The vast majority of anarcho-capitalists took the second route...it's shorter and easier.  The problem is...if somebody has arrived at the conclusion that coercion is immoral...then there's absolutely no reason for them to try and understand the economic arguments for anarcho-capitalism.  Coercion is wrong and that's the end of the story.  Because most anarcho-capitalism have taken route number 2...it's really hard for them to understand the value of pragmatarianism.  They don't have enough economics under their belt to "see" and appreciate the market process.  Route 2 anarcho-capitalists just have faith that noncoercion = abundance.

Step 1: Noncoercion
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Abundance
 
This is why, over on the Ron Paul Forums, I'm in the middle of my second debate with ProIndividual...Public vs Private System of Representation.  You can read about the first debate here... The Visible Hand vs The Invisible Hand

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Your destination is not a destination...or if it is, it's just more state socialism, albeit re-engineered. You can't escape the logic of that. - ProIndividual

You're saying that tax choice's destination is simply our current location?  If so, then you're saying that socialism is a perfectly viable concept.

If the supply of public goods is exactly the same before and after tax choice is implemented...then clearly government planners (in our case, 500 congresspeople) are capable of divining the actual demand for goods.
Right now we have 500 congresspeople determining how our taxes are spent in the public sector.  This is the visible hand.  The visible hand takes our money and determines how much of each public good gets placed in the shopping cart.  Can you see the contents of the shopping cart?  Of course you can...just look around you...it's the current supply of public goods.

In a tax choice system we would have millions and millions of taxpayers determining how their own taxes are spent.  This is the invisible hand.  The invisible hand would determine how much of each public good gets placed in the shopping cart.

Now, here you are telling me that the contents of both shopping carts would be exactly the same...




You're saying that somehow the visible hand managed to correctly determine exactly what the invisible hand would have placed in the shopping cart.  You're saying that the supply of public goods in a tax choice system will create the same exact amount of value as the current supply of public goods.  You're saying that the tax choice destination is exactly the same as our current location.  You're saying that socialism is a perfectly viable system for determining how society's limited resources should be allocated/used/distributed.

It's funny because if you read all these people's critiques of pragmatarianism...Unglamorous But Important Things...they are all certain that the contents of the two shopping carts would not be identical.  The vast majority of people are certain enough that the supply of public goods in a tax choice system would be far less valuable than the current supply.  In other words...they are certain that tax choice would take us to a far less valuable location.  

The average Joe believes that tax choice would take us to a far less valuable location while you believe that tax choice wouldn't take us anywhere different.  

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