Comment 27531

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted November 27, 2008 at 21:43:06

Ryan, I checked out Mr. Heller's website and found much wrong with his thinking. His story regarding Russian store owners is not a problem that begins with private ownership, it stems from allowing government decision makers the ability to handle land transfers.

The land contracts were flawed from the beginning and this was a result of government policy and nothing else. To then suggest that this is the failure of the free market is disingenuous at best.

What about patent holders? There again is another problem that stems from government interference in the free market. Get government out of the way, abolish patents and allow people to innovate quickly or lose business. Once again not a failure of the free market.

His airport story was the worst, he tells the reader that small land owners block the building of airports, but offers no explanation as to why that might be. We are simply left with the impression that landowners hate airports. Since the majority of large airports in the US are publicly owned, I tend to think that it might have something to do with land owners belief in the deep pockets of government giving them a sweet heart deal.

I think it also it has to do with allowing uninvolved citizens to much say in how the buyers and sellers manage their affairs. Once again this stems from too much government, not too much freedom.

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