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t's absolutely ludicrous to make your anti-free market argument on the fact that bad people would do bad things in a free market.

Well, let me acknowledge that the record of people doing bad things -- to their customers, their fellow citizens, their neighbors, their country -- in an unregulated market is so firmly established that it needs no proof.

Unregulated markets are so rare that I don't see how you can say it is firmly established. And I don't mean markets without the rule of law. I mean unregulated markets with the rule of law. However, even if it is firmly established, the record of people doing bad things -- to their customers, their fellow citizens, their neighbors, their country -- in a REGULATED market is DEFINITELY firmly established. Every time someone does something bad in a regulated market, some idiot says that it was obviously because it wasn't regulated ENOUGH. What's worse is that they invariably blame a *non-existent* free market for the problem.

What's worse, government intervention causes *good* people to take actions with bad consequences as they respond to the poor incentives of government policy.

Yeah, they are not responsible. They had no other options. They are enslaved. Which religion supports that point of view? That's another non-starter from you.

Give me a break. Do you REALLY want us to believe that incentives created by government policy don't matter because people are ultimately responsible for their own actions? Personally, I think that is asinine. Policies create certain incentives, and incentives cause people to respond to those incentives. Cause and effect. Ignoring it won't make it go away.

I will stop here because I have little patience for nonsense.
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