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And even if there was a pronounced displacement effect the argument for criminalization remains weak. For there to be economic damage you'd have to show that the unspent money is either hoarded beyond what is advisable or spent in harmful ways. And I don't think anyone wants to argue that Europe has a problem with excessive savings in the non corporate sector. And before you move on to the question of what level of economic damage actually justifies going the criminal justice route you still you have to answer the question of whether the general availability of cultural goods for low income populations has any value.
And if the answer is no then what justifies the special support for the production of those worthless cultural goods?
by generic on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 01:23:09 PM EST
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