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    Default Puerto Ricans "resorted to black-market electricians"

    "On Wednesday, a group of men in black vans came to our house offering us to reestablish our electricity,”

    SHOCKING

    Puerto Ricans Turn to the Black Market for Power After Hurricane Irma

    Without a decade of maintenance, the grid failed despite only a brush with the storm. People are resorting to illegal linemen and shopping malls for juice.

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    09.16.17 10:51 AM ET


    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — More and more people are losing patience with Puerto Rico's Power Authority more than a week after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity across the island.
    About 80,000 of the island’s customers are still without electricity, according the power authority, PREPA. Earlier this week it was 200,000, according to PREPA's executive director Ricardo Ramos Rodríguez. People are so desperate for electricity that they’ve gone to shopping malls for refuge and resorted to black-market electricians. It’s all the result of an electrical grid that has had little maintenance in the past decade as Puerto Rico drifted towards bankruptcy.
    "We have definitely seen an increase of visitors wandering, not shopping, but taking advantage of the free wi-fi, and others surprisingly come to self-medicate," said a security guard who estimated the number of visitors to be as many as 100 during lunch hour.
    Brunilda Torres is one of them. The 62-year old woman has been coming to the mall for the past five days straight with her portable nebulizer machine to treat her asthma.
    "I don't believe a word anyone in the Power Authority says about the estimated time this will take. The situation has gone for far too long and now I have to move out of town," Torres said while untangling an extension cord to charge her phone and other electronic devices.
    Other residents who live far from the coast have fallen into despair. As days go by, they feel overwhelmed as power has not been restored and think that the mayor has a say in this situation.


    “People have alleged that I have control on deciding who gets their power back first and whatnot," said Julia Nazario, the mayor of Loíza, to a local newspaper.
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    "We request that no one hires anyone to restore the electric service in their communities. The only personnel trained and specialized to carry out these reconnections work is those properly identified employees of PREPA," he said.
    Although he didn't offer the exact number of incidents on the matter, Ramos Rodríguez told The Daily Beast the impostors often use unreliable tools, including some made of bamboo.
    "I said it when I took on this role and I keep on saying it: the system was really vulnerable and the system is still in terrible conditions," he said.
    With demand so high, Ramos Rodríguez announced that PREPA was hiring secondary personnel to assist, which drew a strike threat from the electricity union. The word of a possible strike by the Electrical Industry and Irrigation Workers Union caused a woman to interrupt a television broadcast with UTIER’s president, Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo.
    "Why did you give your workers instructions to that after private companies come in, you guys would stop working?" the woman said. “We have been without power for 8 days, you clearly need more hands, there's no need to be holding back now.”
    Jaramillo shot back: "What we have said is that we cannot work together because they do not have the training and certifications to work, and it jeopardizes our lives.”

    “It’s time to show your customers how valuable you are,” the woman retorted. “Stop it with the excuses, especially in such a timeline."
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/puerto...hurricane-irma

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    "On Wednesday, a group of men in black vans came to our house offering us to reestablish our electricity,”
    O NOES!

    ANARCHY!!!!!


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    Black Market in other words, is the no state controlled, monopoly free unregulated market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by otherone View Post
    O NOES!

    ANARCHY!!!!!


    Don't confuse the free market with anarchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madison320 View Post
    Don't confuse the free market with anarchy.
    The free market is anarchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gold Standard View Post
    The free market is anarchy.
    The free market functions best when there's a legal monopoly on the use of force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madison320 View Post
    The free market functions best when there's a legal monopoly on the use of force.
    I think I see what you're getting at here.
    The free market is more free when it isn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madison320 View Post
    The free market functions best when there's a legal monopoly on the use of force.
    Tell me more. I think I would like to subscribe to your manifesto.
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    There are only crimes against the state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madison320 View Post
    The free market functions best when there's a legal monopoly on the use of force.
    Then the market isn't free. Your argument then, is that the free market doesn't function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gold Standard View Post
    Then the market isn't free. Your argument then, is that the free market doesn't function.
    It's oxymoronic to think you can have a free market in the use of force. You don't shop for governments or "protection agencies". They shop for you. The best we can hope for is a government that mostly focuses on protecting rights, not violating them. But you're always going to have government. Force always exists and government is force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madison320 View Post
    It's oxymoronic to think you can have a free market in the use of force. You don't shop for governments or "protection agencies". They shop for you. The best we can hope for is a government that mostly focuses on protecting rights, not violating them. But you're always going to have government. Force always exists and government is force.
    So free markets don't work. Just say the words. You won't have to live a lie anymore. You'll be liberated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gold Standard View Post
    So free markets don't work. Just say the words. You won't have to live a lie anymore. You'll be liberated.
    Free markets only work with the absence of force. That doesn't mean they don't work. Skis work really good on snow, not so much on rocks. That doesn't mean they don't work.

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    Sounds racist to me.

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    As of today, 16% now have electricity in Puerto Rico.
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    They must abandon centralized control so that they may continue to embrace centralized control.
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    So what difference does it make if they use 'black market' electricians to get their power going again?

    If the power gets back on, that's what counts. If the so called 'black market' guys get hurt or killed, using the wrong tools, it's on them.

    As long as the power gets back on, it seems like that would be the way to do it.






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