FLC185, The National Health Service: A Libertarian Perspective, Sean Gabb, 18th August 2009


The idea that only profit-seeking organisations are consistent with libertarianism is to take a shockingly arid view of the ideology. What libertarians should like about commerce is not its taste for profit but its distaste for compulsion. What legitimises markets, in libertarian terms, is that they are structures of voluntary association. This is what brings the friendly societies and much trade union activity, and so much of what in Victorian times was called \

via FLC185, The National Health Service: A Libertarian Perspective, Sean Gabb, 18th August 2009.

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2 responses to “FLC185, The National Health Service: A Libertarian Perspective, Sean Gabb, 18th August 2009

  1. [ FX: “APPLAUSE!!” ]

    Tony

  2. Very true.

    Pushing the positive side of Libertarianism is sometimes neglected. It is right and proper to talk of cutting the States size, but it is also very important to point out what would do things better.

    To argue FOR as well as AGAINST. Tell people how Mutual organisations and Friendly Societies can grow, be more accountable and provide better services to the people.

    Afterall, i’d rather trust the National Trust to protect Stately homes than the State.