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Forum Post: How to Solve the "Which Political System is Best?" Discussion

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 9, 2011, 7:22 p.m. EST by Frank (19) from Washington, DC
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Just use the Jeffersonian system of the states as laboratories of Democracy.

Have one state where the taxes are high, there are a lot of regulations, people have generous wages/benefits, government is large and there are many public programs.

Have another state with low taxes, few regulations, market driven wages/benefits, small government and few public programs.

Let 25 years transpire and see who is better off. One proviso however:

The state that believes in a more socialist system cannot say "ah but it won't work because people and companies will leave to where the taxes are lower". That is why all purely socialist countries encircle their borders with armed guards and barb wired fences. Their model only survives with brute force, there is no choice or freedom.



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[-] 2 points by Mooks (1985) 12 years ago

Well put

[-] 1 points by NoMatter (45) 12 years ago

True, but one of the failings of the current federal structure was that it prohibited interstate tariffs. You'll have to think about why this prohibition can have negative ramifications for "the laboratory" approach, but it does. Consider why so many of our jobs went to China, and that will put you on the right track of thinking. Sorry, I can't offer a perfect solution, though.

[-] 1 points by pariscommune (205) 12 years ago

how does this fit in your theory: http://www.usborderpatrol.com

[-] 0 points by captaindoody (339) from Elizabethville, PA 12 years ago

I want the political system where I can just take what I want from anyone I want unless they are a minority or member of a preferred victim group. I want to ride around in a scooter like Master Blaster on Kid Video.