I put this in social issues as I feel that's what suites it best. Please move it if another section would be more applicable.
Anyway, I knew the title would probably make some people angry. Namely the crowd that thinks being alive doesn't entitle you to anything. While I
mostly agree, in respect to certain things, I feel employment is a RIGHT (as it stands right now) and that every single last citizen of the USA is
entitled to have a good paying job.
Why do I think this? A very simple reason. You and I, as citizens of the US, are forced into participating in "The System" This is a system that has
taken things like food, water, and shelter, and made them into commodities instead of things you can simply provide for yourself, as our species has
done for thousands upon thousands of years. If we are FORCED into living within the system, then we are entitled to the means to do so. We are not
allowed to "opt out" and leave the chains of economy and currency behind. This is what entitles all of us to employment.
The only way I feel employment would NOT be a right, is if property tax was abolished. I'll try to explain the connection.
To survive a human being needs air, water, food, and shelter. These things, at a point long ago, were "free" to everybody on earth. You inhale and
fill your lungs with air that nobody owns, and you don't have to pay for. You drink from a river to satisfy your thirst with water nobody owns, and
you don't have to pay for. You hunt animals and forage for fruits and veggies to fill your belly, that's free and you don't have to pay for. You build
a shelter off the land, that's free and you don't have to pay for.
Most people would agree that people have a very basic right to life. If you don't have a right to live, then laws about murder make no sense. The
anger people feel when a loved one is killed makes no sense. We all (most of us at least) naturally know that the ability to grow and live your life
is the most basic right of them all. Yet many feel that the means to live are not a universal right. This makes no sense..
Now what's the connection to property tax and a right to employment?
Employment provides you with money. Money is REQUIRED to live. You CANNOT live, legally, in the USA without money. Unless the government wants to
allow the citizens of this country to survive without money, then the government is required to provide us with a means to obtain money IE:
I have already listed the things required for any human to survive. Every last one of these things, with the exception of air, is gained from land.
Wood or fiber to build shelter, animals and plants to feed one's self, and rivers and lakes to provide water.
If each of us had an appropriately sized plot of land, and the required skills, we could live completely free of employment or money. The catch is, we
are not allowed this.
How do we obtain land? We are forced to buy it. Assuming you some how obtain land without buying it, either by it being gifted to you, or trading
goods for it, you still are required to remain within the system, and generate money. Why? If you got a free piece of land, and can support yourself
through hunting, fishing, foraging, building your own shelter, why would you need currency? Taxes.
If you own land, you are required by law to pay property tax on it. Long ago lords would accept animals, or crops to pay a tax on their land. While
this is still a form of forced participation in the system, at least such types of payments did not require the land owner to procure money to remain
on their land.
Some will say you could sell crops, or manufacture goods to generate income to pay for your taxes. Why? You are working on your land to support
yourself so that you may live. Why does the dollar factor into this? Because we are forced participants in the system.
And this isn't even taking into account how the government has allowed industry to contaminate many rivers and lakes to the point of being unsuitable
for drinking water. Or how even if you were allowed to live on your land without being taxed, there would still be regulations put upon you about how
many animals you can hunt, or what types, or what time of year. Until the day when the government allows me to live on my land free and clear, without
any sort of payment demanded or rules as far as how I can support myself, then the government is also required to ensure that I have employment to pay
There is a simple universal concept that I have brought up many times already here on ATS. It's that if responsibilities are placed upon you, without
your consent (paying money to live, in this case) then equal rights must also be granted (the right of guaranteed employment)
I'm sure some will disagree, but I'd be happy to further defend and discuss my viewpoint with anyone who questions it. I'm not one of those people
that feel they deserve the world simply for being born. I do however believe that I am entitled to life, and if the government has decided that to
live I am required to generate money, then it's the governments responsibility to guarantee me the means to generate that money.
Thanks for reading!
**Edited for spelling mistakes**
edit on 20-7-2012 by James1982 because: (no reason given)