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Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]

On Mon, May 01, 2006 at 09:51:56PM -0400, Matthias Julius wrote:
> I think a community should provide its members with the basic 
> necessities to have a human-like live and to have chance to improve 
> it.  This requires education, housing, social and physical security.

I can understand that viewpoint, but I still dislike the premise that 
they can be provided only be the government itself.  If the government 
must involve itself, I'd like to see it encouraging competition among 
providers of these services, rather than siphon away citizen's money to 
fund one huge provider that has no incentives to be efficient.

Similarly, I like the plurality of Linux distributions because they 
encourage diversity and friendly competition, which encourages all to 
improve, whereas Microsoft has piles of cash and a locked-in customer 
base that they only need to continue waving their carrot-on-a-stick in 
front of.

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