What the Left will never understand about human nature is that humans beings will forever want. Give them a Trabant and they will want a ’62 T-Bird. Provide state sanctioned Classical and they choose Jazz. Tell them Chocolate and Vanilla are the only proper choices and they will find a way to circumvent the rules if 31 flavors is what they desire.
Commenter Authurstone posits rather simplistically in a previous post that libertarian philosophy boils down to a “I’ve got mine, fuck off” attitude as if this isn’t equally true of leftists like himself. In a breathtaking display of egalitarianism he then trumpets his willingness to pay his income tax to the federal government every year as proof positive of what a compassionate soul he is. Rest easy Arthur, your place in the statist Nirvana is assured.
The difference in leftist vs. classically liberal or libertarian philosophy is that the fuck off factor cited so eloquently in Arthurstone’s equation above for people like me boils down to “I have mine, how best can you get yours” and for Arthurstone and those like him it is reduced to “I have mine, let me volunteer someone else’s for you”. The Left continually operates under the assumption that wealth is a static thing rather than being continually created. There is only so much money, resources, even climate, and the only answer for them is in how best to equally distribute a never changing bottom line. The classically liberal on the other hand realize that nothing is static. The progressive seeks always to plan from a given point while the classically liberal knows that there is no given point to plan from. Our Earth and the people on it are always in flux and as such are to be adapted to, rather than futilely insisting that it and they adapt to each of us. Enhancing conditions to promote wealth creation through lower taxes for those who, you know, create wealth, ensuring a free market economy with a minimum of (this is not to say no) government interference, these have been proven to overwhelmingly have the most benefit for the greatest number of people when compared side by side with leftism wherever either has been put into practice. You leftists out there can squawk all you like about theory but when put into practice, the previous sentence is not opinion but provable fact.
It is natural for people, all people, to want to keep what they have and they will use whatever power they have at their disposal to do so. This is our nature. It is unfortunately also a part of human nature that if offered something for nothing, it will be taken by these same people without thought or regard to where it is coming from. Any philosophy worthy of calling itself such will recognise as a given the former and to identify as an evil the later. Any government of the people worthy of the name will adhere to this basic philosophy, as a free and prosperous society is impossible without it. The proper role of government, limited in scope and always with the consent of the governed, is to regulate somewhat these selfish tendencies without stifling them. Ambition and compassion are vital to a healthy society when each is properly constrained. We have been blessed through our founding documents with a government that properly constrains these extremes of our nature if only we follow its wise counsel. It’s worked pretty well for 233 years. Whata’ ya’ say we not fuck it up.
On a lighter note, LET’S DANCE!