Food vs. Education
A commenter on another blog came up with this note in response to questions about broadening competition in education.
If the government had been producing food for the last 150 years, it would be argued by almost everyone that the market could not provide food. The poor wouldn’t be able to buy any food (because the price of private alternatives then available would be so high); the profit motive would tend to corrupt food production, and on and on. Where would people even be able to buy food if the government was no longer running silos? No one would be able to produce, it would be argued, the one variety of bread, the one available meat, and the 3 fruits.