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ENTRY from July 20, 2017

All the news is in the headline of an article in yesterday’s New York Times  headed "Hansa Market, a Dark Web Marketplace, Bans the Sale of Fentanyl." The article itself, by Nathaniel Popper, begins like this:

A free market ideology has long been the prevailing ethos on the online markets where drugs and stolen credit cards are for sale. But a fierce debate has erupted among the operators and users of these markets over whether free markets need some limits.

Something tells me that that "debate" is mischaracterized here. Something tells me that it’s not "over whether free markets need some limits" but whether this free market needs this limit — i.e. the banning of fentanyl. Already a black market, that of the Hansa dealers is (or was) presumably debating whether or not to create an even blacker one for fentanyl, by keeping it off theirs.
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