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Mon Jul 4, 2016, 12:48 AM


Young Conservative Summit Speaker Accidentally Makes Great Case for Socialism

Setting aside Kirk’s “How do you do, fellow kids!“-level understanding of what “young folks” at Bernie Sanders rallies do, he actually managed to pick some great examples of how so-called “socialism” benefits young people, including Charlie Kirk. Both Uber and Twitter depend on the internet that was invented, not by Al Gore, but by government researchers, and both Netflix and Amazon depend heavily on that model of government-controlled commerce the United States Postal Service. When the Post Office wanted to raise rates on Netflix DVDs, it wasn’t the “free market” that stepped in and stopped them, it was (drumroll please) the government.

Of course, you can’t expect these kids today to know about this stuff because, as Kirk went on to say, they think these things just happen!


The speaker reflects that "young people" must have never been taught what free markets really are. Funny, because my first thoughts here were that the speaker had never been taught the great depth to which the market depends on quasi-socialist programs to exist, and the simple difference between hating a thing and wanting to see it safely regulated - a trap that many 2nd Amendment extremists fall into as well.

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merrily Jul 2016 #1

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Mon Jul 4, 2016, 02:42 AM

1. The Postal Regulatory Commission, which controls rate increases, was heavily stacked with

people who wanted the Post Office to go the way of dinosaurs, so that Fedex and others could charge us whatever they feel like charging us. The Commission included the guy who did most of the drafting of the 2006 Act, whose (unstated) purpose was to cripple the Post Office.

Nothing like suddenly requiring a government agency to fund its pension requirements 75 years out and then limiting its fee increases. (What if Congress, the White House and the SCOTUS had to do the same?)

Yeah, Kirk, stuff happens. Lately, very little of it has been good stuff.

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