At the time I write this, stories from The Washington Post, USA Today (subsidiaries), and others are circulating around the web making the bold claim that the Left’s new boogeyman, Russia, is behind an attempt to compromise a power grid. Unfortunately, none of the sources perpetuating this lie have any evidence whatsoever to substantiate this claim.
Economists posit, that in a perfect market, companies will compete such that there is no economic profit, and prices will be as low as the market allows. However, no market is perfect. Barriers to Entry exist that dissuade competition, and prevent the usual market forces that we rely on from working correctly.
We’ve all been there. It is by far the most common criticism levied against socialism: without incentive, who would do the hard jobs? Who would work at all? After all, if the reward is the same, why should someone choose to work sanitation instead of being a painter, or be a farmer instead of a florist?
However this argument does little against many people including, notably, actual socialists. So let’s go ahead and assume, for the fun of it, that everybody goes on board with socialism. Meaning: people work jobs prescribed to them regardless of thought of personal gain, and people continue to innovate without hope of compensation.
Could it work?
Since I first heard of Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV), I’ve been a proponent of alternative voting systems. We’ve all seen first hand this election how having one and only one vote can mean the choice between the Giant Douche and the Turd Sandwich. To fix this problem with our current electoral process many different voting schemes have been proposed, the most popular and recognized of which is IRV, which recently passed in the state of Maine (and will be used in all of their elections, minus the president).
Anyone who has been reading headlines recently knows what’s up: Fake News. Whilst the idea of fake news isn’t news it certainly seems to be attracting an ever-increasing shitstorm of accusations, speculations, and memories of the cold war, where the Russians where under the bed of every child.
One of the main components of justice is holding people accountable for their actions. But what happens when somebody is falsely accused? That is why we have due process of law. So nobody can be deprived of their life, liberty, or property without just cause. Without due process of law, the State could find you Guilty for whatever crime for whatever reason, even if you were just doing things ‘they’ didn’t like.