The role of government
Postal services often monopolized by state. Cellphone is private. Healthcare is often state provided. Gyms are private. States usually grant retirement benefits. Banking is private. We rarely ask why.
I'd like to challenge these views, and ask everyone to argue. Argue why the free market can not provide a service, or argue why the government can do it better. Or perhaps do you think the government does something it should not or does not have to. Make your case.
Should the state provide to all for free? Is the curriculum overregulated? Can the government force children into state schools? How free education would look like?
Is compulsory participation good or bad? What is the desired level of coverage? What is the real cost of healthcare? Who have to pay it? Consequences of private healthcare?
Who takes care of the handicapped, the veteran, the widow, the aged? How much to save for retirement and when? Who decides?
Are our lives overregulated? Should the state punish victimless crime? Who judges the judges?
Carbon tax? Oil spill: regulation failure or market failure? Coltan from a warzone: how did that happen?
In the related talks, I tried to focus on personal achievment vs central planning. The list is far from complete. Please add more if you have.
Closing Statement from Krisztián Pintér
this debate is ongoing, though largely unnoticed by the masses, for at least two centuries. now i have the opportunity to write a closing statement on it. obviously, it would not make much sense.
instead i would urge anyone not to rehearse the creed, but really, deeply think about the question: can we do it differently? our concerns and fears are real? our logic is correct? our information is reliable?
you can't lose. even if you come to an uncomfortable conclusion, in the worst case, you keep your it to yourself. but better to hide than to not have.