posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 04:50 PM
This is not targeted at any one side of this, left or right.
for starters, Centrism makes 110% more sense than arguing eternally and taking things into the silly-zone where the power corrupts us, whether it's a
1984 world or an Animal Farm world or the ultimate right wing wet-dream V for Vendetta world: extremism creates Dystopias.
anyway, a few comments on some silly ideas:
1. without the existence of poverty, there will be no motivation for people to try or to achieve.
BUSTED! it's all relative. A middle class kid remembers his childhood in a duplex in an urban area and is compelled to achieve and get that
McMansion on the hill.
in the same way, a kid who was homeless in his childhood for most of it, is compelled to achieve that duplex the middle class kid took for granted.
the elite 1%er kid loathes the thought of ever having to live in a lowly mcmansion on the hill, where all the 'new rich' live.
if anything, absurd wealth destroys creative growth and progress, as they have no imperative in life but to maintain the status quo.
that's how you end up with Paris Hilton.
what I'm saying is: if we stopped major causes of suffering, and if everyone chipped in according to their means, even the very rich and the very
poor, people would have the health (physic and mental) to compete in a free market world. that isn't radical redistribution of wealth, that would
take the same money as a day in Iraq, which is a voluntary expenditure at best.
a good base level, where peoples most basic needs are assured will only stabilize the free market. if there are no people w/o insurance, we don't
have to allocate taxes toward superexpensive life-saving surgeries, when we could pay the minimum for basic preventative. either way, you're gonna
why not take the cheap route.
MOST IMPORTANT: by eliminating the poorest classes by ensuring a basic working class above-poverty level, CRIME WILL DROP exponentially.
cost of healthcare will drop, police costs will drop.
if people aren't forced into criminal activity to survive and aren't forced to just drop into hospitals dying, we'd have a budget surplus and a far
better quality of life, the whole system wide.
I'm just sayin.
oh, and one last thought: people who live in intense povertu lose the will to try. they eventually become seriously mentally ill. depression, etc.
how do suicidal thoughts, and feelings of hopelessness help motivate anyone?
[edit on 25-6-2008 by MegaTherion]