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Regarding Nozick, Jeremy Bentham argued that the cardinal utility of animals should count when we attempt to maximize aggregate social cardinal utility.

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Conservatives are mad at the NRA because the NRA is a focused gun-rights organization, not a conservative or Republican organization.

The angry people forget that (because there's been considerably closer alignment between the NRA's positions and those of the conservatives and Republicans than anyone else, historically), and then get angry when reminded of it.

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I unexpectedly became a vegetarian after reading AS&U in 1998. I could not refute Nozick's arguments.

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Legalization of drugs might not reduce prices.

Powerful cartels often have a way of coopting would-be mavericks into their price schemes: consider the success of the diamond industry, for instance. And that's without the, uh, extreme methods of persuasion that incumbent narcopharmaceutical players routinely engage in.

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RE: legalization of drugs, prices, cartels

As someone who has studied the history of marijuana prohibition, I can tell you that it was from the efforts of industries such as pharmaceuticals and chemicals that marijuana is illegal today. The number of uses for it is astonishing. People can grow it in their back yard. It is hard to cartelize an industry that has virtually no barriers to entry, in fact the whole idea of "industrialized cannabis" doesn't make sense, especially in 2010 when most people who consume it are of the "organic granola" mindstate and would never buy something of inferior quality from Altria or another conglomerate when they can grow it themselves for relatively low cost. Furthermore, lax regulation and enforcement (at least here in CA), coupled with a relatively delveoped and sophisticated black market, make demand for "legal weed" (i.e. brought through dispensaries) very elastic.

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I don't understand how Bieber is only at ~$1200.

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Conservatives are mad at the NRA because the NRA was a group focused gun-rights that sold out. It forgot the second amendment is its focus, not the perpetuation of the NRA.

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