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Do you want your
goat scruffy or shiny?

USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

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Posted By:Judy W., 10/9/2012 4:38:15 PM

According to a West African proverb, "a goat owned in common always starves." This pithy phrase captures a key truth of human behavior: People are a lot better about taking care of things that belong to them than they are about taking care of things that don't. That's a lesson that applies to more than goats. At the beach place where I'm staying right now, there are some "community" bicycles. They're "free," in the sense that the cost is just built into your rent, so that it doesn't cost any more to use them a lot

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: devnull, 10/9/2012 4:49:48 PM     (No. 8921292)

I have been known on occasion to mutter "eff-it, it's a rental"

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Reply 2 - Posted by: schnapps, 10/9/2012 4:49:50 PM     (No. 8921293)

Glenn makes some good analogies. Americans may not relate to goat ownership just yet... but wait.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: thomthomp, 10/9/2012 4:57:51 PM     (No. 8921310)

Google "tragedy of the commons" and you will find this, among others:

http://dieoff.org/page95.htm

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/9/2012 6:53:47 PM     (No. 8921492)

When I think of government controlled health care, I think of government controlled driver's license agencies, government controlled mail and government controlled welfare. Got a problem with your social security? Try getting that fixed! Got a problem with your taxes? Try getting the government tax agency (IRS) to help fix it. Got a troubled situation with your property line or home assessment? See what hell you go through with the government getting it fixed. Now, think about having a lump in your breast or a strange thumping in your chest--- go to the government to help get that fixed? Good luck, brother/sister- you're on your own!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: beancounter, 10/10/2012 12:46:59 AM     (No. 8922012)

It takes a village to starve a goat.

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