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4/16/2013 1:52:03 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
A dictator has given you control over a planned economy. You can run it whatever way you want. So long as it remains a planned government-run economy. How do you run things?
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4/16/2013 2:44:06 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/16/2013 1:52:03 AM, FREEDO wrote:
How do you run things?

...As poorly as anyone else, due to an inability to coordinate resources and labor effectively to satisfy people's wants and desires.

If possible, I'd assassinate the dictator and do what Singapore did: free the markets as much as possible.
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4/16/2013 3:10:44 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I guess I'd run things through computer algorithms as much as possible. Whenever there is a shortage or a surplus, people enter that into a computer. When demand rises for a product, people just click that they want that product on the government database. I understand this doesn't allow for much innovation, entrepreneurship, or new products creations, but using computers would greatly improve the efficiency of the centrally planned economy.

3D Printing with regular shipments of powders, metals, and organic molecules should sate most of my slaves' (I mean citizens') desires. They can only select items permitted by the government though.

Once a year I'd throw a big party at the capital with lots of free hallucinogens and stimulants. I'd play funky music, provide condoms and private rooms, and give a speech about how much I love them all and how much they should love each other. People would dance, play sports, grill out, and be happy.
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4/16/2013 8:15:38 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I'd go in planning to make things more liberatory for the people I govern (you know, the whole working from inside the system kind of thing) but would likely become apathetic later on and just use my power to my own advantage. That's not my anarchist beliefs on the nature of power talking (though it does coincide). It's just what I think would come naturally to me if I were in that scenario.
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4/16/2013 11:07:18 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Simple, cut back on regulations, simplify taxes(FairTax), encourage exports and discourage imports. Strive for self dependence.
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4/16/2013 11:40:21 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/16/2013 3:00:06 AM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
I dunno. Power does peculiar things to people.

Good answer.
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4/16/2013 11:41:16 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/16/2013 3:10:44 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Once a year I'd throw a big party at the capital with lots of free hallucinogens and stimulants. I'd play funky music, provide condoms and private rooms, and give a speech about how much I love them all and how much they should love each other. People would dance, play sports, grill out, and be happy.

Now we're talkin.
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4/16/2013 11:47:22 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/16/2013 11:41:16 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 4/16/2013 3:10:44 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Once a year I'd throw a big party at the capital with lots of free hallucinogens and stimulants. I'd play funky music, provide condoms and private rooms, and give a speech about how much I love them all and how much they should love each other. People would dance, play sports, grill out, and be happy.

Now we're talkin.

You'd have my vote.
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4/17/2013 9:22:45 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I would tell all my citizens to go 30 miles from sea and strand themselves.

That should weed out the stupid ones.
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4/17/2013 3:46:11 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/17/2013 9:22:45 AM, TheAntidoter wrote:
I would tell all my citizens to go 30 miles from sea and strand themselves.

That should weed out the stupid ones.

Brilliant.
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4/17/2013 3:47:05 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
This is sorta in the econ category though, guys. I wanna see some real theories behind how to best run a planned economy from a Libertarian perspective.
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4/17/2013 4:24:16 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I'd use the term "planned economy" very liberally.

My plan is that anyone can own a business and get to keep their profits and loss.
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4/18/2013 4:13:12 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/17/2013 3:47:05 PM, FREEDO wrote:
This is sorta in the econ category though, guys. I wanna see some real theories behind how to best run a planned economy from a Libertarian perspective.

That's the thing... it's kind of oxymoronic. It's like asking how you want your afro styled at a salon when you're bald.
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4/18/2013 11:11:13 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/16/2013 1:52:03 AM, FREEDO wrote:
A dictator has given you control over a planned economy. You can run it whatever way you want. So long as it remains a planned government-run economy. How do you run things?

I will treat the treasury as my personal account :-)
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4/19/2013 12:17:34 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 4:13:12 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
At 4/17/2013 3:47:05 PM, FREEDO wrote:
This is sorta in the econ category though, guys. I wanna see some real theories behind how to best run a planned economy from a Libertarian perspective.

That's the thing... it's kind of oxymoronic. It's like asking how you want your afro styled at a salon when you're bald.

Hmm. You know, you're probably r...

wrong. Yeah, I see connection.
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