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David Friedman discusses how private sources can produce more efficient laws than governments, making the case for anarcho-capitalism over government monopoly over law.

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  • What role (if any) should the gov’t play in the continued funding of cutting-edge scientific research? According to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development), approximately 10% of all R&D conducted globally is directly funded by governments, with approximately 60% done by private industry and 20% by educational institutions. Granted, this number probably doesn’t take into account indirect gov’t funding through tax subsidies and incentives. That 10% goes towards projects on the cutting edge of science, such as NASAs various space ventures and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (funded through the governments of the member states). Proponents of big gov’t science, such as Neil Degrasse Tyson, have stated in the past that projects like these are unlikely to be privately funded due to their high risk, high cost, and lack of return on investment. Gov’t, claims Tyson, is required to make the initial step and take all the risk so that private firms can follow in its wake with a clear picture of the requirements of such endeavours. TAM 2011: Our Future in Space Would such high risk, high cost projects be possible without gov’t backing?

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  • It can be a challenge to keep up with all the taxes one needs to pay throughout the year, and than to deal with all the paperwork that needs to be filed can be frustrating. What would be a good way to simplify the Tax Code? Below is a list of some of the taxes that we the people need to pay, or at least we experience their effects at one time or another. -Medicare, Medicare, Social Security, Federal Inocme Tax, State tax, Local Tax, Corporate tax, Sales Tax, Property Tax, estate tax, alcohol tax, tobacco tax, gift tax, tariffs on imports and exports, etc. Would a simple flat or consumption tax do the trick?

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  • Venezuela has the highest violent crime rate in the world. Though it is not moral or justified, people choose violence over starvation when there are no alternatives. Of course, “we” libertarians all know that this situation was created by government/s coercion’s consequences, but so few among the greater population seem to recognize that. It seems like a similar fate faces the whole world.

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  • Its seems they always skip over the issue. There is always this refusal to acknowledge or “give-in” in to the reality of what its happening on their part Does anyone know why this mentality exists? Is there anyway to stop it? Or try to get through to these people that’s its tyranny that is the enemy?

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  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — The Declaration of Independence.   More often than not, I see many people interpret these particular 5 words with a biological context, however I have never understood how people come to apply such meaning to those words when the scope of the document pertains to law.  Thus, what they’re referencing is equality of law, not biological equality or economical equality.   In other words, the axiom they assert, “All men are created equal,” recognizes that there is a natural order to life, one they assume is the product of a creator, and that the creator applies this order to all men equally.   What this implies is that all titles among men are the product of men, not natural order.  In other words, they’re disputing the divine right of kings — which is what was used to give the monarchy legitimacy.  They, instead, assert that government derives specific powers from the consent of the governed. Those powers pertaining to ‘just’ powers, i.e. powers of justice.  The role of government is to provide justice.  Hence, in the beginning of their syllogism, “All men are created equal,” they were referencing a legal maxim sometimes stated as:  Equality before the law is mandatory and paramount.  

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