The Free Market Doesn’t Care If You Live or Die
Paul Constant
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Your piece highlights the faults in the modern Democratic Party.

  1. The belief that the stupidity of some should hinder the freedom of all-

You make the assertion that young people are notoriously ignorant of the healthy choices to make in certain situations. I would counter that the younger people who actually care about themselves would look into the side-effects of processes and products they intend to use before using them. By hand-holding people who would otherwise live dangerously, you create a dependence upon the government to always look out for them. This puts more strain on the system and diverts resources from people who really need them. Instead, why don’t you allow the ignorant to get themselves hurt and allow the rest of us to make our own choices.

2. The belief that a semi-regulated market is about the same as a free one-

The point of this article is to highlight that “the free market will kill you if you let it!” (I paraphrase of course). But then you highlight EpiPen as your case study. This is a fallacy, as some more ignorant readers might not be aware that the medical industry is one of the most heavily regulated of them all. It is in fact a side-effect of the big-government intervention which you trumpet that EpiPen has an effective monopoly on that sector. Were it easier for people to get into the sector, others could create competing brands to help lower the price. But instead, your big-government has created an environment where it is near impossible to get started in the industry.

However, the most distressing thing about your piece is that you make it seem as though conservatives have trouble understanding complexity. I find this to be completely false. Rather, it is liberals who need the government to tell them what’s okay (in the simplest terms imagineable). So thank you for descending from your high horse to write this piece; I found it a great reminder of why such steep bipartisanship exists within our modern-day US political climate.