Look, hoss, you live in a "nanny state" now. Why don’t YOU move! DOH!
monster wrote: 1. Do both you and Pacer think that the government is some separate entity? It is one entity in this country funded by the people. That brings up the most important question- By what right, by what moral code do you attempt to bind me to my fellow man?
monster wrote: 2. So the guvamint (meaning me the taxpayer) is supposed to be prepared for any natural disaster and I'm supposed to foot the bill for some fool that chooses to live on the coast below sea-level?
@ #2: Your whole friggin' town can burn down if too many cows congregated in one place and one of you sasquatch start playing with rocks and flint. No homes, holmes, no business, no declaration of a disaster area, no state or federal funds. What horrible life decision did you make? Silly sasquatch burned down the village and A.R. says, "Hey, whether you knowing or unwittingly chose to, you lived among the sasquatch. Now go away, your slate has been wiped clean and this world no longer has use for you. You lost!"
@ #1 and #2: Your complaints are many; if I respond to one, you’ll throw 3 more in my face. At the same time, I presented more free-market failures (they fall under externalities, quality controls, cartels and monopolies, regulations, public goods, economic stability)
that you continually, and for good reason, conveniently won’t address. I understand your personal
philosophy, I have no problem with it, in fact, I find it admirable. If you can live your entire life adhering to your tenets, my hat is off to you. That said, is morality not a human construction influenced by culture? Is culture, in turn, not a pillar of society? One problem that many, self included, have with Randians is that you are ardent believers of an unprovable doctrine that claims you have discovered absolute standards of right and wrong. And yet, this “Objectivism” is out of touch with complex interrelationships and interconnected systems of modern life. So, until I hear YOU describe your “STATE” --for s**ts and giggles, let’s just call it the United Libertarian States--
, all I can do is repeat here what I’ve already stated: Please do not whine, Ayn Rand, ‘our mixed economy will never be perfect therefore we must drown it.’
monster wrote: I'll say it again, the more I'm taxed to provide for these 'social services' the less I'll work. And I love to work.
Thank you for offering this utterly insincere steaming pile of horsie manure. It’s a perfectly packaged Randian/Libertarian slogan wrapped around an empty threat. If you CHOOSE to work less, you do so with the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are your own master. Today, as in feudal societies, slogans are doublespeak that hide social truths which are the exact opposite of their rhetorical claims. I give you the “Patriot Act”.
I suppose since you are reluctant to talk about the elephant in the room
--big business--we will have to leave that for another discussion. But for my parting shot, I will leave you with this: power abhors a vacuum.