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The Place for Markets: every place?

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on May 31, 2012

As a young lobbyist for a big east coast company and a college Econ major, your scribe was once assigned to cover a public meeting in which the possibility of consolidating City and County governments would be debated. The company was strongly in-favor; from a tax payer’s efficiency standpoint it made no sense for there to be three layers of police and other public services covering identical territories. For newly enfranchised minority communities in the City, however, the prospect of diluting their hard-won influence with all those County-folk was, at best, unjust -- and possibly a sinister plot to keep them “under the boot,” as one speaker expressed it. What looked like a simple, market-based solution to one set of eyes was a matter of political justice to another.

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