So often times in society we mistakenly resort to things like "you don't need that" as arguments. I wanted to bring up an essay by David Friedman discussing this very topic, and I'm hoping that I can sway some people toward rethinking their stance on "need". I'll pick out a few quotes, that I think are particularly applicable, and we can discuss it here: The essay can be located here and then by selecting "I don't need nothin" from the table of contents. Now, the rest of the entier paper may or may not be good, I don't know and the point here isn't to discuss that, or for people to come here and start trying to spout off about political parties or whatever. Also, while it's discussed in the article the healthcare system, that's not the main focus here. Though we can talk about whether somebody "needs" healthcare, just not "UK does it this way, Bermuda does it that way" etc.... There's no need for any comments about guns specifically in this thread. I'd rather avoid starting an explicit debate about guns when we have 14 other threads for it. There's no need for comments about any sort of constitution or existing law, because this is a much more philosophical inclined discussion. There's no need to attempt to critique the author or anything like that, either, we're here to debate the topic. Please feel free to post relevant articles/essays on the topic . I hope we can have a civil, engaging conversation here. So, if you at least took the time to read the OP. What do you think about the argument that somebody does or does not "need" something?