posted on Apr, 25 2013 @ 08:29 PM
In theory and under ideal conditions, it would be great. Assuming a consensus of decent, compassionate people who were fully self sufficient and self
moderating, it would be a utopia theoretically. In an ideal world, I'd love to see government shrink or vanish. I'd love to see a more community
based (or tribal if you prefer) decentralization of government with more autonomy and distinctiveness from community to community. I'd love to see a
global society without war, with freedom for all, and self-regulating, free individuals and communities caring for themselves and each other in the
most efficient and fair ways possible. And I'd love to see technological potential unbridled, and human ingenuity set loose to create the kind of
world we can only dream about and see in our fiction today.
In practical, cold, stark reality however, in my opinion the most probable outcome would be out and out corporate feudalism, skyrocketing poverty and
disease, wholesale abandonment of the disabled and elderly in some areas, and possibly civil war.
The government does more than extract taxes from us, start wars, curtail our liberties, and expand its power. Whether I agree with the means or the
true rationale behind the functions it serves, government is responsible for more things than we can even begin to consider in a forum post. But just
off the top of my head, consider all of the following that would vanish overnight if government of any kind no longer existed. Please note before I
say this that this does not mean I agree with or endorse how these things are currently run, what people are taught in them, etc. But they would
likely cease to exist overnight were government to do the same.
So: roads, public schools, disease outbreak monitoring and management, law enforcement, aviation administration, free public libraries, medicaid,
social security (and federal disability,) interstate highways, building codes regulations, and on and on and on.
Now, before you react, remember that I said I do not necessarily agree with how these things are implemented or enforced. But do I believe that the
private centers of wealth in this country would continue to administer them out of pocket or that local communities would magically come together to
replace these programs with local equivalents in all or even most cases? No, I don't personally believe that. I've seen far too many instances when,
where regulations and laws are not enforced, as much as I may disagree with them and how they're implemented, businesses and individuals choose their
own self interest over the broader good of the community. (Or the nation, or the world.)
We think private corporate security forces are out of hand now? If this were to happen overnight, corporations would have literal armies at their
disposal. And would they take an oath to defend the constitution, let alone follow one? Call me crazy but I find the prospect dubious.
Would some communities take care of their sick, disabled, elderly and poor? Yes, absolutely. Would ALL regions and communities that currently benefit
from social security, disability, Medicaid, etc. take it upon themselves to ensure people are taken care of? No, not in my opinion. It's impossible
to say without it happening of course, but I have my doubts. I've seen too many people - even right here on ATS - advocate a sink or swim policy that
would abandon such people wholesale to their own devices to believe organic, community driven equivalents of such programs would efficiently or fairly
Now, having said all of this, please don't confuse these fears and opinions with what I believe and what I want for our country and more importantly
in my mind, our species as a whole. I'd much rather have the utopia I described in my opening paragraph. That's what's in my heart and what I
believe in, long for, and hope we can one day achieve.
All I'm saying is that, sadly, that day is not today in my personal opinion.