Also, I don't understand why economists say "non market means". This is not specific to you. I just object to the term in general. Since the reality is we do commoditize human beings through the labor market, we must acknowledge that war, disease, taxes, government, and the various other risks of the human condition are a natural part of that market and factor it into the price. Pretending that they aren't market forces seems disingenuous.
However, your analysis fails to take into account the tragedy of the commons. If you can dupe people into working for a system that leads to inefficient consequences for them personally, they will vote to tax you to fix it later nullifying your temporary gains.
Let's say your uninformed, low paid worker cannot afford health insurance and cannot afford to (or doesn't) educate themselves about the consequences of not taking care of themselves. Can you think of any potential consequences that may come as a result in the future? (i.e. individual mandates, expanded medicare/medicaid, exploding disability costs, lots of tax/borrow/print and spend politics, massive economic crisis)
Re: For the same reason that Copyright Deniers continue to astroturf
I always thought that most of the law school astroturfers were on the other side of the fence. Maybe we're both suffering from a confirmation bias.
Personally, I think of this site as interactive news and comedy. It's almost like a Colbert Report or Daily Show, but you get to join in the mocking/stupidity. It's too bad we cannot really know who really is here for news/comedy and who is being paid.
WE poisoned the well. Right. These people poisoned themselves by attacking what they were sworn to protect.
Look out guys, the lawyers are warning the engineers about the limitations of our technology.
You cannot legislate physics. If the lawyers really want a technology that works the way they WISH it worked, they can become engineers. When you're done programming the artificial intelligence that can somehow evaluate the copyright status of a 1 or 0 reliably and has an enforcement mechanism that won't target legitimate expression let the rest of us know. You may be in the running for a Nobel prize.
He should just donate a little to the fundraiser himself, apologize (jokingly) to his mother for getting her dragged into this, and, most importantly, show he can laugh at himself online by making a self deprecating statement about the whole mess.
That or he could just keep digging I guess. Either way, he will provide at least another week of entertainment, maybe more.
We're not celebrating corrupt policy makers in Washington. We're celebrating those who have sacrificed trying to give us a better world. Whether a particular result was worth it or not, the soldiers on the ground deserve our respect.