Print Story John Galt and the Hundred Credit Notes
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By ucblockhead (Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 12:04:19 PM EST) (all tags)
John works as a plumber.  One month a neighbor asks him to do fix his shower for 100C.


 After the work is done, the neighbor refuses to pay, calling it a shoddy job.  After a week of dickering, John and the neighbor eventually agree on a private arbitrator and the 100C is put in escrow.

After hearing the case, the arbitrator rules that the work was shoddy, but still must be paid, awarding 70C to John and 30C to the neighbor.  He then takes his 10C cut from each party, leaving John with 60 C.

Wanting to go visit a friend who's broken her leg, John puts some gas in his car.  This sets him back 9.30C.  He then drive's to his friends place, paying 11.30C in tolls on the privately owned toll roads.

His friend asks for some vicodin to deal with the pain.  He wants to buy 40 capsules, but the pharmacist initially claims to be out of stock because he'd sold out to the local teenagers for a party.  Slipping him an extra 10C note greases the deal, so he's set back 12.26C

He arrives at his friends' place and they go to the pub.  John buys four pints for 3C (it's a 4 for 3 special for happy hour.)  The local hoodlums then shake him down for another 10C.  (He checks with the local private security guy, but he informs John that the thugs had given him 50C to look the other way for the night, so unless his offer is better...)

On the way back, he buys two kebabs for 2C and a couple of coffees at 1C each.

About four hours later, he starts to vomit.  He staggers to the ER, but his bank account was drained recently when his bank went bankrupt, and he doesn't have the entry fee.  He returns home and dies of food poisoning.

Tax paid: 0C.

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Thats absurd by codemonkey uk (4.00 / 3) #1 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 12:09:11 PM EST
Codeine isn't a party drug.

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that's not what Sister Ray said by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 12:24:16 PM EST



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fixed (nt) by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 02:08:48 PM EST

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how often does food poisoning kill people? by garlic (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 12:16:22 PM EST


Well by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 12:56:24 PM EST
In the US, with government mandated food laws, about 1800 a year...
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Oops by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 01:14:02 PM EST
I misread...it's actually 9000 a year.
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thanks for finding that. didn't realize it happen by garlic (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 03:04:32 PM EST
ed.


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Link by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 03:10:56 PM EST
here.  (Though rereading, it gives both 5000 and 9000 deaths in different places.)

More important, though, is that there are periodic food scares where people die, and it turns out that there was some failure in the regulatory system...which implies that the number of deaths would be much higher without that regulatory system.
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Regulation is evil by Herring (4.00 / 1) #15 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 06:55:42 PM EST
It would be so much better if, when you eat food and it kills you, you can just sue the supplier.

If lots of people eat at a place and it kills them, that place will go out of business. That's the Free Market at work.

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Salmonella damn near killed me. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 07:12:44 PM EST
It's real to me.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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How do you arrive at no tax paid? by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 01:13:12 PM EST
In USizicstania at least, taxes are included in the pump price of fuel.   We'll ignore for the moment that fact that the prices for all his legit purchases reflect to some extent the taxes that the businesses must pay.  I've given up trying to figure out what food is taxed or not taxed here in the People's Republic of California.


In the story by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 01:14:43 PM EST
It's supposed to be some sort of tax-free libertarian utopia, not any current company.
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Freudian slip by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 01:15:05 PM EST
I mean any current country.
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Same shit by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 01:33:24 PM EST
Different bag.  Not that different, mind you.

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Tax-free libertarian utopia by Herring (4.00 / 2) #11 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 02:14:05 PM EST
You mean Somalia?

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So, no matter what John bought by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 07:37:35 PM EST
Tax Paid = $0.   Sorta defeats the point of listing that, doesn't it?

Also,

dogs kicked: 0
forests cleared; 0
mountains climbed: 0

etc......


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I don't C by duxup (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 03:52:31 PM EST
I'm too stupid to understand.

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You must have been playing BioShock. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #18 Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 12:27:36 PM EST
Have you read Niven's story on the difference between a make-believe anarchy and a true anarchy?


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Well yeah by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #19 Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 12:33:31 PM EST
But the arbitrator bit is out of Heinlein.
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