There is no difference between the millionaire lady who collected food stamps and the libertarian religion of self and selfishness. Only the libertarian religion is codified and is a philosophy that puts self first.
Mankind has moments of good behavior, but mankind is not good, which makes libertarians dangerous, as they believe self interest will make everything good in society. This is a naive utopianism:
if you're going to call libertarianism a religion, then so will be liberalism and conservatism.
You seem to not understand how "saying things now will bite you in the bum later", as is evidenced in your comments about Ron Paul, despite not understanding his philosophies, and further evidenced by your posts about the definition of the word "middle".
All this aside, your post is clearly a troll post designed to garner a response from me.
I understand that it is difficult for a liberal to understand, but receiving welfare is theft, and earning money on your own is called "earning money".
Yeah well, I caught this young lady's act. She feels that she is still "entitled" to collect $200 a monthly in food assistance despite hitting the lottery for a million. The problem lies in the fact that for decades now our society has bred that entitlement attitude into youth. They feel that it is selfish of those who foot the bill to deny them their "rights." Rubbish.
Your problem is that you can't seem to distinguish between necessary entitlement and unnecessary entitlement.
Unnecessary entitlement is based upon the libertarian philosophy of greed and self interest first. The way it plays out with libertarians is that they view taxes as stealing and they don't give government its legitimate place. But it is the same sort of selfishness. Selfishness is selfishness.
The libertarians are subversive, sort of like the communists but different.
If you want to call "freedom" "social darwinism", then it is only fair to call "our current government" "addictive poison".
People become addicted to the welfare state and can't leave the system. The government claims to be able to fix poverty, and has utterly failed in its 60 year+ journey.
Companies become addicted to federal funding, and now we have endless wars continued by spineless, war-mongering politicians. Now countless resources are funneled into pointless wars. It's gotten to the point where even the anti-war party is pro-war.
Our educators are addicted to the state. People are ACTUALLY taught that "spending massively on killing people" is GOOD for the economy!
I'll take "survival of the fittest" over "forced poison" any day.
I am for the winding down of the TBTF banks one at a time. Neither party seems to have the guts to do that. However, both parties bailed out the banks, and if we had not stopped the money market run from our money markets, our financial system would have even had a greater collapse.
I was not against bailouts, but we should have got the bonuses back and a piece of the companies bailed out, including JPM and GS.
I'm not necessarily libertarian (or any religion) but I do believe man is good and has moments of badder days. Maybe that's the difference, seeing the glass half full kind of thing, taking responsibility for oneself, or self-nterest.
No, man is not basically good. If that were the case, the scamming bankers would not have unleashed the housing bubble that stole trillions of dollars of wealth from main street and transferred it into the coffers of the 1 percent.
If man was basically good there would not need to be police or referees at basketball games.
My dad once heard a girl (a relative) complaining about a problem with "her" food stamps, angry that they'd messed something up one month and said, "They OWE me this much!" My dad's angry comment was, "They? Who is 'they'? You mean me, who's paying taxes that are used to feed you when I was never even asked? Why have I never heard 'Thank you'?"
It was great, I really don't think she understood - she's American and 'the government', a disembodied entity of boundless supply was supposed to take care of her. She had questions then and has a different attitude now. And a job.
No, the private bankers broke down the barriers between the insurance, banking and investment banking sectors, causing bogus derivatives products to be offered. Under Glass-Steagall these weapons of financial mass destruction could not have been offered. The origination of these financial derivatives was the Square Mile.
MF Global and Madoff failed while engaged in business in the Square Mile. Wall Street is restrained a little bit. The Square Mile has no restraint because it answers to no one, not even Parliament.
It's funny how the Republicans are always telling me greed is good and people should act out of self interest and then when someone commits a shocking act of greed and self interest they are all up in arms about it
IMO, there's a huge difference between greed and self-interest. Greed can hurt others and may only hurt oneself or hurt no one. Self-interest is healthy and shows a responsibility toward assuming control of one's life. IMO
The car companies prove that some bailouts are good unless you wanted just Japanese auto makers with no American choices.
And, on top of that, without some bailouts the financial system and all insurance could have crumbled. I suggest the US could have gotten a piece of GS and JPM, and the bailouts were handled wrongly for taxpayers. But the bailouts may have been absolutely necessary.
The libertarian way is to just plunge the world into a Great Depression and see what happens. The fallacy of Mises is that he thought loan demand would bounce back after credit crises. Apparently that is not true.
Ha! I love Japanese cars. I have no beef with the Japanese. But if we have auto makers who can be successful, and they preserve jobs, what is the problem helping them? Evan does not bother to tell you that the car companies have paid or nearly paid back the government in full.
Evan won't tell you much. That is the way of the libertarian. If you find out the dark side of libertarians you will shun them and it hurts their feelings since most of them think the world evolves around them. After all, self is all there is, the god of the libertarians.
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