If people value public education...then how am I going to sell them pragmatarianism by arguing that the budgets for public schools and universities will collapse?
No no no...I take my cue from Bastiat...
"This is done now; we desire that it be done better." Dang...how good is that?! This should be our motto. How can things be done better? By preventing governmental foresight from replacing individual foresight. This means allowing taxpayers who support public education to use their taxes to indicate when public schools and universities are doing better things. The result will be an abundance of quality, effective, inexpensively provided public education.If the socialists mean that under extraordinary circumstances, for urgent cases, the state should set aside some resources to assist certain unfortunate people, to help them adjust to changing conditions, we will, of course, agree. This is done now; we desire that it be done better. There is, however, a point on this road that must not be passed; it is the point where governmental foresight would step in to replace individual foresight and thus destroy it. - Bastiat
Here's another passage that aptly describes the situation...
I have to cater my message to voters. They really don't want to lose the protections offered by the welfare state...but I really want to help them understand how markets work. Therefore...I don't say anything about the tax rate...I don't say anything about kicking welfare programs over to the private sector...I'm all about ceteris paribus. The only argument I make is that we should create a market in the public sector. This allows them to focus entirely on what the consequences would be. Bringing option D into the equation only distracts them. It does absolutely nothing to help them understand why markets work and it does absolutely nothing to help them understand why they should want a market to be created for public goods.Put differently, voters in democratic regimes are unwilling to give up the protections offered by the welfare state, even when those protections are produced inefficiently, and at very high cost. Libertarians are not going to succeed politically by telling voters that they should give up welfare-state protections. Rather, libertarians need to show how freemarket programs will produce social security at levels comparable to those provided by welfare-state systems. - Jonathan R. Macey
Welfare programs are done now; we desire that they be done better. How? By allowing the taxpayers who value welfare programs to use their taxes to indicate when they are being done better.
OpenSecrets.org...in 2012 the Democratic Party raised $860,049,815 and the Republican Party raised $907,008,562.
Right now half of our revenue is spent by government planners in the public sector. It goes against everything we know about economics to believe that they are correctly guessing how the money should be distributed. So it stands to reason that there will be a significant disparity between the current distribution and the distribution in a pragmatarian system. But if I was capable of predicting with any degree of accuracy what our nation's public values truly are...well...I'd probably be owning the stock market right now.