Monday, April 20, 2009

Laissez-faire (via Reddit)

"In Bucharest, you can buy a young girl for 8,000 euros. I mean buy them as in you own them forever or until you sell them to someone else. Most of them are sold by their parents in Moldova when they are little children. As soon as they’re bought, the owner brands them. This is normally a tattoo of his name."

http://www.viceland.com/int/v13n9/htdocs/slavery1.php?country=uk

While this sounds (reads?) insane, it is not really that unusual for an unregulated market to produce this phenomenon. It was not all this different in US in 1890s, and in Russia in 1990s - just the percentage of population is smaller.

Do laws have priority over money, or does money have priority over laws?

4 comments:

Илья Казначеев said...

Money is a mechanism, laws is a mechanism.

You can assemble a variety of things using them, including, but not limited to, a doomsday device and an incredible machine.

Andrei Filimonov said...

Hmm... sounds too darn expensive to me. Which supports your point about being poor in the previous post.

vadik said...

Say THANK YOU! that you are in America and not in say GB!

http://www.lenta.ru/news/2009/04/23/tax/

Do you want to pay 50% more taxes? :-)

Sergey Solyanik said...

I would definitely pay 14% more for free healthcare and British level of social security.

Without a doubt.

And yes, it's 14% more (if you're in the top tax bracket in US), not 50%.