How do markets work?

I encounter reports of lots of people who say that if ObamaCare is repealed, x millions of people will have no health care. How is this so? That the government stopped providing food would not mean that the people would have no food; that the government stopped providing schooling would not mean that people would have no schooling; and so forth. People talk about health care as if it were simply unthinkable that it might be provided through markets, as the bulk of food, housing, clothing, and other basic goods and services are provided.

I used to tell people that if a so-called old-growth tree were cut down, the resident so-called northern spotted owl would fly away and make a nest in a younger tree nearby, rather than stupidly going down with the ship. Likewise, if the government did not distribute health care via a complex, convoluted system of so-called insurance and rigged markets for drugs, doctors’ services, hospital services, and so forth, real markets could handle the provision of these goods. We get food, shelter, and clothing and most other things from (semi) free markets. We could get healthcare services the same way. Dr. Robert Higgs

Stevie Wonder spoke out about Black Lives Matter and youth gun violence

“It is in your hands to stop all of the killing and the shooting wherever it might be,” Wonder said. “You cannot say, ‘Black lives matter,’ and then kill yourselves. Because you know we’ve mattered long before it was said, but the way we show that we matter, the way that we show all the various people of color matter is by loving each other and doing something about it. Not just talking about it, not just waiting to see the media and press come when there’s a horrible thing.”

via VIDEO : Stevie Wonder Exposes HYPOCRISY of “Black Lives Matter” – TruthFeed

Anarchy v. Human Nature

Critics of proposals for libertarian anarchy often assert that this type of social order cannot work because it assumes that people are basically good, which is contrary to fact. This objection, however, is exactly backwards. Proponents of libertarian anarchy favor this type of social order precisely because they understand that many people are vicious in the extreme and that the most vicious among them, having a comparative advantage in committing fraud and acting violently, will tend to occupy the most powerful positions in the state wherever a state is tolerated. Thus, the critics notwithstanding, “human nature” is in fact the most potent factor in support of proposals for libertarian anarchy. ~  Dr. Robert Higgs