(urth) Gene Wolfe's Politics
danldo at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 13:32:28 PDT 2009
On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM, <brunians at brunians.org> wrote:
> No, people will pay less taxes and therefore have more money and therefore
> go bankrupt less often.
I'm talking about the gummint going bankrupt, silly boy.
> Every penny of taxes is robbed at gunpoint from a citizen, mind you.
If you take that as your given libertarianism almost makes sense. However,
it isn't a very exact description of how taxation works.
> You're just not used to living in a well-run society, Dan'l. Where you
> live, the police are at war with the majority section of the population.
Then I suppose I should be glad I'm in the minority. The police seem
to me to be on my side.
> Well-run societies are inexpensive.
Actually, I find that to be the opposite of the truth.
Any social system will work if run by perfect people. It is the
imperfection of humans that f***s up both capitalism and
Therefore, the best-run society is that which does the most
to compensate for the imperfections of the individual humans
that actually implement it. That seems to me to be a large,
inefficient bureaucracy where nobody has the power to do
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