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A Conclave of Super Smart People All Missing the Point Entirely...


Somehow even super-intelligent people who like to think at great length can't get their heads around the difference between "go elsewhere" with regard to private suppliers versus "go elsewhere" with regard to the state. The context is usually related to payment for services rendered.

With regard to private suppliers your loss will be that they stop doing business with you. The end.

With regard to the state your loss will be that they will kidnap you and throw you in a cage for a very long time, and that everybody paying tax other than yourself will share the bill.

Spot the difference. Really try.

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