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Round 2. dominusluciferi v Intrepid: The Market Price of Freedom

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posted on Mar, 2 2008 @ 02:14 AM
The topic for this debate is "Laissez Faire Capitalism is perfectly compatible with liberty and respect for human rights".

dominusluciferi will be arguing the pro position and will open the debate.
Intrepid will argue the con position.

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posted on Mar, 7 2008 @ 06:02 PM
I am pleased to join this tournament with so many worthy competitors involved. I'm enjoying your debates, I hope we can do the same for you.

Intrepid's opening.

"Laissez Faire Capitalism is perfectly compatible with liberty and respect for human rights".

To determine what exactly is being debated here we have to get to the base of the terms.

Laissez Faire Capitalism:

noun: the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs.

Liberty(as it applies to this debate):

noun: personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression.

Thus the topic could be summed up as, "The government should not be involved in the workings of the commercial world because this is compatible with human rights and personal freedoms from servitude, confinement or oppression of the individual."

I will point out that this is not only incorrect but the opposite, is vital for the government to be involved in commerce to ensure individuals have these rights and freedoms. There are forces at work, internally and externally that HAVE to be addressed by the gov't in the commercial world to provide stability so that these freedoms are assured.

We will look at the Law. We will look at emergency situations. We will look at the Market. We will look at trade agreements. We will boil this down to the basic elements, individual elements on rights and freedoms. Confinement and oppression.

I will leave it at that for now. dominusluciferi, you're up. I hope this debate takes off, I'm really looking forward to discussing this issue.

posted on Mar, 8 2008 @ 06:43 PM
DominusLuciferi is disqualified for non-participation. Intrepid will advance.

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