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If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
07-29-2013, 09:53 AM
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RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
A interesting perspective from a blog post I found

Declare Detroit a Free City
Guest post by Patrick Barron

Detroit is bankrupt, and its problems appear to be unsolvable. Its population peaked in 1950 at 1,850,000 only to fall to 706,000 in 2011, surely representative of people voting with their feet. As British politician Daniel Hannan has written, the Detroit disease may be well advanced in the rest of American cities and perhaps in all of America as well. Before the disease can kill the rest of America we have the opportunity to give free market reforms a chance in a fairly controlled setting — the bankrupt and dysfunctional city of Detroit.

The decades’ growing tragedy of a now bankrupt Detroit provides a unique opportunity to test our fundamental principles. What if Detroit became a free city in which government provided for public safety, honest courts, protection of property rights, and little else? Might not unabated free enterprise take hold as it always has in America?

All that Detroit really needs is economic freedom and secure property rights. Give Detroit its freedom from all manner of government, including the federal government. Declare Detroit a free city. (You can rest assured, Detroit, that America will come to your rescue if those bloodthirsty Canadians attack!) In other words, no one would pay any federal taxes whatsoever or be subject to any federal regulations whatsoever. Wouldn’t it be nice not to pay federal taxes, not even Social Security and Medicare taxes? Do the same with Michigan taxes. No taxes BUT also no federal or state aid either.

A Free Detroit would have absolutely no labor and workplace regulations, including minimum wages, mandatory insurance, equal opportunity rules, occupational safety rules, etc. People would be allowed to work together cooperatively for whatever terms their marginal productivity of labor will secure.

End all red tape that thwarts business startups and hobbles its expansion, such as licensing, public health regulations and inspections, zoning restrictions, etc. Do not be concerned that people may be employed in low wage, dangerous jobs against their will. The reality is that business owners must recruit workers and not dragoon them and chain them to their workplaces. Nor are business owners interested in harming either their workers or their customers. If they do, normal civil and commercial law will suffice.

Privatize all government services, such as garbage pickup, water and sewage services, and allow for unbridled competition in these and other areas, even fire protection. Sell off city property (who needs offices that are empty of government bureaucrats anyway?) and deed public housing to its current occupants, making them responsible for their own abodes. You may be surprised how responsible people can be with their own property. End public education and all its costs. Allow the people to get the kind of education that they desire, whatever that may be. Since half the current population of Detroit is functionally illiterate, what’s the risk?

Do you want a safe society? Then let people arm themselves without any licensing requirements. Since it takes Detroit police approximately an hour to answer a typical 911 call, this is simply a practical solution to the basic human right of self-defense. Above all end welfare. The destructive cycle of dependency is driving American cities to the financial and cultural wall.

Do not expect overnight success, but who knows? A free market always surprises us with new innovations. At first one can expect lots of mom and pop startups, sidewalk vendors, unlicensed and untaxed services such as simple property repair, home schools, private taxis, etc. But if Nike and other American businesses are enticed by lower costs and fewer regulatory burdens to outsource their manufacturing operations overseas, why would they not take a good look at a Free Detroit? Expect to be amazed.

Allow Detroit to become a safe, cooperative city that represents the best that America can be. Economic freedom will ensure the rebirth of Detroit. This city can become the beacon of true prosperity to the rest of America and to the world.

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07-29-2013, 10:09 AM
Post: #47
Re: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
^^^

LMAO @ that bullshit.

Libertarians seriously think that in the absence of government, every society everywhere would look like Singapore. And of course, Socialism is to blame for Detroit's problems. This would explain why Norway, Vermont, and Portland are such desolate shitholes. Or why anarchic Somalia is such a beacon of prosperity.

American "conservatives" are just as brainwashed by political correctness as everyone else. Pathetic. They simply refuse to connect the dots.





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07-29-2013, 10:28 AM
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RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
Demographics is destiny.
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07-29-2013, 10:30 AM
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Re: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
Not to mention that Singapore, too, is hardly a libertarian paradise. Were it not for government subsidized housing, at least 30‰ of the population would be homeless.
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07-29-2013, 10:30 AM
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RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
(07-29-2013 10:09 AM)Hellfire Awaits Wrote:  ^^^

LMAO @ that bullshit.

Libertarians seriously think that in the absence of government, every society everywhere would look like Singapore. And of course, Socialism is to blame for Detroit's problems. This would explain why Norway, Vermont, and Portland are such desolate shitholes. Or why anarchic Somalia is such a beacon of prosperity.

American "conservatives" are just as brainwashed by political correctness as everyone else. Pathetic. They simply refuse to connect the dots.





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Bro its not like its going to make it any worse.

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07-29-2013, 10:33 AM
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Re: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
Swarms of hundreds of thousands of angry black people without food, housing, or winter heating. Yep, that's exactly what Detroit needs. Why, it's not like the wealthy suburbs are within walking distance or anything.




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07-29-2013, 10:34 AM (This post was last modified: 07-29-2013 10:42 AM by superCalo.)
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07-29-2013, 01:56 PM
Post: #53
RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
There's nothing that will help those hottentots in Detroit at this point.
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07-29-2013, 02:08 PM (This post was last modified: 07-29-2013 02:09 PM by Megatherium.)
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RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
Folks need a new deal, that is for sure!

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08-06-2013, 08:43 AM
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RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/08/05/c...raise-dia/

"Among the many questions to come out of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing — the largest in municipal history — is this: “What happens to the art?”

While the answer is still unclear, Christie’s Appraisals Inc., the largest auction house in the world, confirmed Monday they were hired by the city to appraise city owned items at the Detroit Institute of Art.

“In addition we will also assist and advise on how to realize value for the city while leaving the art in the city’s ownership,” Christie’s said in a press release.

The DIA has a world-renowned collection of art worth millions of dollars, including works from Van Gogh and Whistler and the famous “Industry Frescoes” by Diego Rivera. Thousands of creditors are clamoring for money from the city, which owes $18 billion, as the city navigates through a first-of-its-kind bankruptcy situation.

Emergency manager Kevyn Orr has been largely mum on the subject of whether the city could sell art to repay creditors, except to say when he announced that Detroit was filing for bankruptcy that Howdy Doody, the DIA-owned marionette from the original TV show, was not for sale.

Christie’s said the appraisal “is one of many steps that will be necessary for the legal system to reach a conclusion about the best long term solution for the citizens of Detroit.”

The firm added: “At Christie’s, we are passionate about art and understand the importance of the contribution that institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts offer to the community and the world at large. We are proud of our long history of support to museums, including the DIA. We want to continue to focus our efforts on being a positive force in both the interests of the City of Detroit and its arts community, including working with our fellow arts professionals at the DIA and with the City to find alternatives to selling that would still provide the City with needed revenue."
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08-06-2013, 09:20 AM
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RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
My black brothers take the fall yet again
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08-06-2013, 09:28 AM
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RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
(08-06-2013 09:20 AM)DONGED BY JOHNSON Wrote:  My black brothers take the fall yet again

Agreed, the Fijians of Detroit once again get a bad deal.

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08-06-2013, 09:33 AM
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RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
pretty much the Figans too.
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08-06-2013, 11:36 AM
Post: #59
RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
the hood folk are always persecuted in this way, we pay our taxes, what about representation ?
okay strictly speaking we don't pay taxes but point remains.

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08-06-2013, 11:37 AM
Post: #60
RE: If You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit
I didnt know youse black Calo, we brothas n sheet mang
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