Comment 30712

By LL (registered) - website | Posted May 01, 2009 at 15:32:27

Like I say, the proof is in the pudding. Holland is one of the most libertarian places with regard to sexual freedom, drug laws, political participation, and many other facets of life. Denmark falls not to far behind.

Singapore is a police state with draconian laws. It's not just a random corellation. Many of the most "free market" states are authoritarian in nature. That's because working people's demands can be repressed in the interests of capital.

Clearly, you need to think a little deeper about what human freedom is.

Incidentally, car ownership is taxed to death in Singapore. But like I say, that becomes necessary at a certain point in order to deal with the externalities of motoring.

Yes, taxes are coercive. But so is the command structure of the capitalist system. Having a safety net and inclusive, "convivial" public infrastructure makes working people less dependent on this corporate command structure. In western Europe, the workweek has been getting shorter. Here it is getting longer, and I think that is partially to do with enforced car dependence, among other things.

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