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View Diary: Astounding: David Koch's 1980 VP Run: Kill Medicare, Social Security, Minimum Wage, Public Schools (149 comments)

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    That platform was the norm all over the Western world up through most of the 19th Century.  Everything was privately owned and financed by rents and various fees: actual taxation - i.e. monies owed regardless of circumstance - was pretty rare.  Education was not mandatory nor taxpayer-funded.  Every road and waterway charged tolls (the original "robber barons").  The state considered itself to have no obligation whatsoever to "promote the general welfare", only to enforce the laws and make war.  All security and public safety personnel were Blackwater-style contractors notorious for their corruption and ineffectiveness.  Charity was provided by religious institutions endowed by wealthy nobles and burghers, and in Catholic countries a percentage of the tithe.  There was nothing remotely like the FDA to regulate the safety of food or what passed for "medicine".  There was no minimum wage.  There was no concept of protecting wilderness.  The closest thing to "public works" was tenants' labor duties on roads, fortifications, palaces, and religious structures.

    Most of recorded history versus the last century at most: who's got the longer track record?

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 04:03:59 PM PDT

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