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Political Market Efficiency August 4, 2006

Posted by federalist in Federalism, Government, Social Politics.
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Remember when all those Angry Leftists were threatening to move to Canada or France if Bush won the election?  Threats, one might say, “… told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”  (I believe virtually all of the Angry Leftists are still here.)

That’s not to say I don’t approve of the concept.  I wish there were a separate country for every political ideal, where like-minded individuals could feel at home and harmonize on their shared political beliefs.  After all, a melting-pot democracy like the United States in the end leaves every fanatic unhappy.  If you don’t have strong political feelings you’re probably at home in the United States.  But if you’re a communist, socialist, fascist, or libertarian of any stripe you’re living a gigantic compromise.

As a federalist I wish we could maintain a vibrant political market.  But we’re lacking two key elements:

  1. Compelling alternatives: Is there even a country in existence today that is practicing a strong political philosophy?  Or does the current spectrum just range between Muddled Democracy and Tyranny?
  2. Mobility: You can’t have an efficient political market if people can’t readily choose between the alternatives.  And since countries don’t move the people have to be able to.  Which brings me to a site I came across that looks interesting: http://escapeartist.com/
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