Burning Down the House

MacLeans discusses Iain Murray's article for the Washington Examiner on private insurance companies. 

That could be why the fire incident, far from discouraging free-market libertarians, has emboldened them to argue that still more libertarianism is necessary. Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute wrote in the Washington Examiner that the disaster was proof that fire departments should be “employed by a private insurance company,” since no privatized department would let a home burn down. Perhaps encouraged by all the support, the same Tennessee county announced plans to expand the fee-for-fire-service program to other areas. It looks like conservatives will continue to stick to their principles even in these hard cases—because they believe that if they don’t, the government will take over everything.

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