Exercising the libertarian brain cells
It is a very typical "libertarian vs statist" conversation.
He thinks I am simplistic and I think he is blindly Utopian about The State (and buying trouble for himself).
I try to keep in mind that this is really how a lot of statists think: they are scared or suspicious. Of other people, of liberty, and- seemingly- of themselves if no one is looking over their shoulder. They believe in the worst case scenario when it comes to liberty, but think The State can work out just fine "if we get the right people running things" or "if we hold those in government accountable". They will grasp at any straw to keep believing government can be "good", and will desperately search out any potential problem they can imagine to keep from just being free.
But the comments over the years really are like a broken record. It's the same old things again and again- even in the same thread. Nothing new.
But I shouldn't complain. It's good exercise to get these same old questions again and again, and be able to deal with them without getting frustrated, because these are the same objections to liberty you'll face in "the real world" if anyone knows you don't buy the statist propaganda. And if you can't answer them there, are you sure you know what you claim to know? And the person asking the questions today has no way of knowing you have answered the same thing innumerable times in the past.