I have an idea. Instead of letting everyone make his own choices about which products to buy, I think we should extend voting to consumer products. We’ll call it Consumer Democracy.
Since it’s obviously inefficient and confusing to let greedy companies produce different brands and different models of phones, computers, televisions and so forth, we’ll let the companies stage a campaign for their products. Then we’ll vote — and everyone will have to buy that product for the next four years. It will be the only product of its kind allowed on the market. Wouldn’t that be a great idea?
If you don’t think this is a good idea, why would you believe in a system that does exactly the same thing for what are supposed to be the most important decisions in our lives?
Governments generally control our protection against crime and fire. They control where our roads are going to go. Many of them control the water we drink and other utilities that come to our homes. They decide which companies and people are going to be given the money they take out of our pockets.
And they get to decide how much money to take out of our pockets. Not only that, they can send people with guns to our homes to throw us into jail if we don’t co-operate with their theft.
In the normal world, we can’t agree about which computer to buy or which car is the best value. We can’t even all agree about which toothpaste to buy. So why do we all have to make the same “choice” when it comes to things that governments provide? Why does a majority choose for everyone else? Why can’t we go our separate ways and set up independent cities or enclaves with radically differing rules?
Shouldn’t we have at least as much choice in the big issues of life as we do about toothpaste?