QotD

22 04 2010

They can make this about chickens and about goats, and using one word instead of another word — maybe she should have said ‘negotiation’ instead of ‘barter.’

Ciara Turns, of the Nevada GOP, defending Sue Lowden’s Chickens-for-Checkups scheme

Obviously, there’s not much to say about this. Barter is an archaic and highly inefficient system of exchange that creates all kinds of material inequalities and asymmetrical distribution of bargaining power, and the idea that it could in any sense be broadly applicable to a multi-tiered for-cash consumer service like modern healthcare is the very definition of inane.

—Jason

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