Since political topics are no longer confined to one thread, I thought I’d start this one since it seems to be the crux of many political disagreements.
How much government is too much?
What is your vision for an ideal government?
What are the weaknesses in capitalism which government must correct?
What are the weaknesses in government programs which the free market must correct?
My personal philosophy is that government programs can exist on a spectrum from extremely good (well-designed, ethically responsible, scientifically necessary) to extremely bad (corrupt incentives, cost disease, bureaucratic overload), whereas the free market forms a baseline of quality which is neither good nor bad, and trends to the median quality of what an average person will accept. All government programs should be measured against this metric, and if they are worse than the free-market solutions they should be abolished or revised.
Some services such as fire prevention and defense are particularly ill-suited to market solutions, and there are many aspects of current government functions which would be better if controlled by private companies.
You probably don’t recognize me because of the red arm.
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