The Murphmeister\’s blithering stupidity

That is glaringly obviously right and the need is so universal there is no room for a market either: as I again argue in the Courageous State, when there is universal need markets are simply a mechanism for capturing the revenues of the state for private gain.

Food is a universal need. Thus markets in food are simply capturing the revenues of the state for private gain.

It\’s just Ritchie reveling in his ignorance, isn\’t it? Even a moment\’s thought shows that his statement is untrue, is simply another opportunity for him to express his prejudices.

The actual point about elderly care (which is what he is talking about) is that the need is not universal. That\’s what causes the problem. Some of us will pop off after a 5 minute illness and need no elderly care at all. Others of us will require decades of care.

It is this uncertainty (risk might be a better word) which leads to the necessity of insurance and there\’s a very good argument that, as with pensions, the State should be involved in the provision of that insurance. Not the provision, note, but in the insurance, the financing.

So he\’s doubly wrong which even for Murph is pretty good going. Universal need does not mean that markets are contra-indicated. And the problem with elderly care is precisely that not all need it. That\’s why it needs and insurance based financing mechanism.

11 thoughts on “The Murphmeister\’s blithering stupidity”

  1. “markets in food are simply capturing the revenues of the state for private gain”

    He would probably agree. And I suspect Polly would as well; with added blither about nutrition and food miles.

    Private markets should, in Murphy’s view, be restricted to selling over-hyped quiz board games and the like.

  2. Every time one of my lefty friends pipes up about how Healthcare is so essential it has to be run by the State, I chip in: “So, seeing as food is at least as essential as healthcare, there should be a NFS (National Food Service) then? All supermarkets, deli’s, restaurants, gastro pubs, burger vans, corner shops shut down and replaced by NFS, State-run shops and dining establishments.”

    They generally go a bit quiet then.

  3. Stuck-record :

    Thanks. I’ll use that lovely example for arguments with my woolly leftie friends (and yes I like them and even fancy some of them. De’m good people, just woolly).

  4. Shelter is also very important. Hey, jobs too. Has there ever been a state where food, health, shelter, jobs and other essentials have solely provided by the state? Have the people been happy?

  5. I should just add that some of the lefty friends, the more well off radical ones, think the NFS is a good idea. At least for the working man.

    “It’ll improve their diet. Stop them being exploited by Tesco, Mc D, etc…”

    Their opinion soon changes when I explain that their favourite deli can’t be exempt as that would make them like those with private medical insurance or kids at Eton.

    Ah.

  6. It’s good to see you enjoying yourself outwitting people who aren’t present. Perhaps next you’ll take on a one-legged man in an arse-kicking contest.

  7. Stuck-Record

    We’ve tried that before. It was called “rationing”. It was supposedly a wartime expedient but for some reason we didn’t manage to get rid of it until 1954.

  8. Paul B

    “It’s good to see you enjoying yourself outwitting people who aren’t present. Perhaps next you’ll take on a one-legged man in an arse-kicking contest.”

    It’s good to see you offering a pointless insult, without suggesting any meaningful response or answer.

    Cheers.

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