Good GOD the authors of this work are CHILDREN! Have they never taken a civics class? Have they no sense of pride? Are they so socially atomized that
they've utterly forgotten that they are NOT _just_ individuals, but also members of a society? These ideas are flat out treasonous and anti-patriotic.
We don't "give" our money to congressfolk -- we give it to America and we let congress decide how it is spent, with the strictures that it be for the
common good. You can argue that they don't do a good job at it or that the systems meant to ensure that they do are broken -- fine. But this video
argues that the very concept of collective action or the government looking out for common interests is invalid.
If that's something you agree with, it's time for you to move to Somalia.
If you've ever driven on a road, not gotten the mumps because of mandated herd immunity, or not had your property stolen by a poor person because they
got their welfare check that month, and you still argue against taxes, you are dishonest and a hypocrite.
Ever sign a contract and expect it to be fulfilled? Ever not gotten beaten up by someone physically stronger than you who wants you to do something?
Ever noticed that lynch mobs, high-noon shootouts, and posses are relegated largely to the past? Have you ever used velcro, LEDs, water purification,
or a computer chip? Then you've benefited from the US government's investment in social good.
Look, the Free Market is just as much an unfunctional, unrealistic, imaginary concept as the principles of Communism. Looks great on paper, and would
work fine, except for the fact that it's impossible to do using Humans. No market is free; one side always has an advantage in information or
resources or both. And there are a ton of flaws in the system that we want nowhere CLOSE to many aspects of our lives: you can't sell a vote, or an
organ, or a person, because the market is fundamentally flawed in many respects. Smith's Invisible Hand is invisible because it is NO WHERE TO BE
SEEN. We need a Transparent Hand. Which is to say: regulation.
One of the greatest accomplishments of Western Civilization is rarely thought of as such -- namely, public safety regulation. Building codes, fire
safety codes, food and drug safety, effective patent laws -- all of these are specifically designed to counter the effects of the "free" market and
ensure the public good. It's why Denver has enough water and Mexico City doesn't. Mexico City's chronic water shortage is directly attributable to the
fact that most of the residential water use goes through unregulated and leaky pipes -- it gets dripped on the ground before it's useful. Similarly,
the destruction of the Haitian earthquake is directly attributable to the fact that there were basically NO regulations (and associated tax-driven
inspections/enforcements) as regards to building codes. Thousands of tons of structural concrete was used with no rebar, or imaginary/lied-about
rebar, so the whole country just shattered when shaken.
These are just a few tiny examples, but the principle is large: we are more than just individuals, and our success or failure is not dependent solely
upon our own efforts. Such is largely the result of luck and of opportunities provided by the collective society to which we belong. In other words:
That highway out there that makes your business possible? Yeah. you didn't build that: WE did.
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