...because I don't subscribe to "intellectual property."
But when it comes to tangible property, I'm a big stickler for the rules. I think it is fair to say that I have thought about a pure market economy more than most people on the planet. I also think it is fair to say that I am not a dumb guy. Finally, I think it also fair to say that I am not crazy or incapable of considering alternate viewpoints.
With the above credentials, I declare that the world would be an unimaginably fairer, richer, nicer, more peaceful, just place--under the value systems of 99.5% of the world's population--if we all just followed a simple rule: Don't steal other people's stuff, and don't encourage others to do so either.
That's it. You do that, and most of today's pressing "social problems" fall away. Now maybe the worrywarts and crusaders in that new world would convince everyone that it was an outrage to humanity that Starbucks wanted to charge 2 seconds worth of work time for a gallon of coffee for the workplace, instead of the 1.75 seconds they charge last year. Such a massive increase in prices--that kind of volatility is very rare, since financial markets are unbelievably deep and intricate--is relatively unheard of. And man, that's expensive! To have to work for 2 whole seconds in order to get coffee for the office?! The unarmed female agents who enforce voluntary judges rulings on cases--what used to be called "the police"--should do something to Starbucks! This cannot stand!
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