posted on May, 21 2012 @ 03:03 PM
reply to post by TheWalkingFox
Hi, I'm TheWalkingFox, and I've clearly never taken my privileged ass out of America!
Seriously, though, you are incredibly lucky to live in a country that values personal freedom and liberty. The price of freedom, however, is that you
have to be a responsible adult and look after yourself. Most Americans do that, and as a result they live in luxury unimaginable to 6 of the world's
7 billion people.
The fundamental moral
problem with socialism is that it diminishes personal freedom and responsibility
. Take Greece as an example: the
problem is not that smartypants bankers made bad bets and lost Greece's poke. The problem is that smartypants bankers made bad bets, lost the
pokes, and now everyone's worried about having enough cash to pay the bills - and here's Greece which owes 2x its national
income and shows no sign of getting off its butt and putting in a hard day's work! In fact, they're on strike to stop the government from paying
them less for doing nothing!
To blame the Greek crisis on capitalism is ironic to the point of being nauseating.
And in case you were wondering, I'm against government bail-outs for the banks. Managed bankruptcy would have been better: in true capitalist
fashion, it would have made unemployable those who shouldn't be in charge of hotdog stands.