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Old 09-13-2019, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by WillFarnaby View Post
Value is created when an exchange takes place wherein each party trades something he values less for something he values more. Government is involuntary. This exchange doesnít take place.
Iíll bite.

I value my money less than I value (not a complete list):

social safety nets for poor and at risk people

watchdog agencies (EPA, FDA, FCC etc) that have to answer the public, not private sector

nonprofit funded scientific and medical research

service entities that must serve everyone equally (police, fire, etc).

Not claiming the government is perfect at it, but it provides better service in these areas than a bunch of cobbled together, for profit, private sector entities likely would.

And yes, private entities exist that do these things too. Nice part is I donít have to find them, vet them, and get money to them individually.