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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Teaching Tom Knapp About Mathematical Optimization

Nothing said above isn't already rebutted at goods
No, because the producer doesn't want to compensate the consumer -- he rather wants the consumer to do some compensating.

The rest of your comment is, remarkably enough, even more ignorant.

P.S. I love how you and Tom and others reflexively resort to scatology to signal polemical desperation. A very handy tell.
Tom, you're a smart guy, but I suspect you're being tripped up here by a lack of a background in rigorous mathematics. You seem to think I can't claim that "underproduction of public goods is inevitable" without having a procedure for determining the objectively optimal production level. I don't know how to even begin explaining how wrong that is. You can start by reading Non...structive_proof and Axi...Axiom_of_choice.

You guys can pretend all you want that rigorous thinking in modern political economy can only be "horse manure" and "bullshit" thinly masking some evil desire to impose one's will on others, but that's just not an intellectually serious position to take. Still, it's always nice to know precisely where the arguments of a Tom Knapp run out of gas -- it helps me plan my polemical time budget.
The penultimate paragraph of your main article is demolished by the last sentence of my wiki article.

As to your laughable claim that the desire for general protection of individual rights is a random and not-particularly-libertarian personal whim of mine, talk to my other friend named Tom:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"

Also, your "Holtz's whim" argument fails to grapple with my wiki'd paragraph that begins: "The free-rider problem would exist even if 100% of the people had the same utility function."