The Whole Foods CEO on health care, veganism, and free markets

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John Mackey on health care, veganism, and free markets

&#8220-The last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment.&#8221-

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A young Hanson fanboy tries to build a new civilization that would float somewhere on the Ocean, far away from the supremacy of law… and, in the process, lashes out at his like-minded libertarian fellows operating in think tanks and political parties.

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He defines &#8220-libertarian folk activism&#8221- (i.e., the activities of the free-market think tanks and libertarian politicians):

Folk activism broadly corrupts political movements. It leads activists to do too much talking, debating, and proselytizing, and not enough real-world action.

He asks the libertarian people to stop investing in ideas but, rather, in actions:

If a fraction of the passion, thought, and capital that are wasted in libertarian folk activism were instead directed into more realistic paths, we would have a far better chance at achieving liberty in our lifetime. We must override our instinct to proselytize, and instead consciously analyze routes to reform. Whether or not you agree with my analysis of specific strategies, my time will not have been wasted if I can get more libertarians to stop bashing their heads against the incentives of democracy, to stop complaining about how people are blind to the abuse of power while themselves being blind to the stability of power, and to think about how we can make systemic changes, outside entrenched power structures, that could realistically lead to a freer world.

Cato&#8217-s Tim Lee rebuts his ideas.

His own daddy rebuts his ideas, too:

My conclusion is that while something like seasteading or crypto anarchy may indeed be the most hopeful path to a freer future, those are not the only sorts of approach worth attempting. An alternative, for academics, authors, newspaper columnists, anyone able to produce ideas and information and put them into circulation, is to try to alter the mix of free information that drives the coarse control mechanism of democracy.

People I come in agreement with about the need to free the prediction markets as much as possible -a short list, which will grow, I hope.

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  1. Chris Hibbert
  2. Steve Levitt
  3. Koleman Strumpf
  4. Tom W. Bell

Waiting to see the positions of Michael Giberson, Jason Ruspini, Caveat Bettor, Robin Hanson, Justin Wolfers, Eric Zitzewitz, etc.

Free Markets &#8211-&gt- Free Predition Markets