Wednesday, August 10, 2005
One is on the Canadian public health system. Recently a court decision said that Canada's law against contracting for medical care outside the public system was a denial of human rights. It seems people were suffering and dying because the system is not up to snuff. This has caused outrage in some circles, who claim it will be unfair if people are able to get medical services privately.
A hot discussion erupted in the comments. It wasn't always this way in Canada, see this article for a brief primer of the main trends. Other links at SC&A's post. I think the argument is ludicrous. As long as people are able to travel, if they need services not available they will go to the US or other countries and get them. Equities been the poor and the wealthiest are inherent, and Canada can't eliminate them unless it wants to conquer the world and impose its legal code globally.
In another move designed to get him fatwahed by anxious leftists, SC&A posted an excerpt from Ayn Rand's money speech and linked to the whole speech, which is posted on the internet with the estate's permission. (Stealing is anathema to an objectivist.) I have yet to ever see a leftist able to rebut the points in that speech, but it's always nice to see someone try. So far no one's even made an honest attempt. The main point is this:
"Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.So feel free to pop over there and announce a fatwah or put forth a reasoned argument. Don't say I sent you.
"Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another--their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun."