Libertarians Trail Meter Readers, Telling Town: Live Free or Else.
Ragnar: “. . . [Robin Hood] is not remembered as a champion of property, but as a champion of need, not as a defender of the robbed, but as a provider of the poor. He is held to be the first man who assumed a halo of virtue by practicing charity with wealth which he did not own, by giving away goods which he had not produced, by making others pay for the luxury of his pity. He is the man who became a symbol of the idea that need, not achievement, is the source of rights, that we don’t have to produce, only to want, that the earned does not belong to us, but the unearned does. He became a justification for every mediocrity who, unable to make his own living, had demanded the power to dispose of the property of his betters, by proclaiming his willingness to devote his life to his inferiors at the price of robbing his superiors. It is this foulest of creatures – the double-parasite who lives on the sores of the poor and the blood of the rich – whom men have come to regard as the moral idea.” “. . . Do you wonder why the world is collapsing around us? That is what I am fighting, Mr. Rearden. Until men learn that of all human symbols, Robin Hood is the most immoral and the most contemptible, there will be no justice on earth and no way for mankind to survive.”
– Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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I think Jesus of Nazareth beat Robin Hood to those ideas. What was it he said about rich men? About feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, caring for the sick, visiting the imprisoned? I can’t live up to those things, so I am not a Christian, but I have read about the guy.
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I’m noticing a pattern with Rand. It’s either X or it is hell. All that text, yet so simplistic in its viewpoints.
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So they work to free each other from the oppression of paying the “parking tariff” by paying the “parking tariff”. Genius.
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I swear Libertarians are such assholes. I work with one that believes that there should be NO minimum wage, because it makes it too easy for people to do a half-assed job and stay employed. Without a minimum wage, it would only leave people that are willing to work hard, and since they’d be in demand, they would be paid fairly.
He also says there should be NO form of welfare, Social Security, or unemployment compensation, except for people with disabilities. “But what about people that are just too old to work, or cases of personal tragedy?” I asked. His answer: “people should be responsible enough with their money that they shouldn’t need government assistance, ever.”
JUST BY COINCIDENCE, this guy makes about $75,000 a year and has no kids.
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I won’t join any party whose beliefs can’t be bolstered by a Disney cartoon
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