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Re: Laetitia is going to start giving voice lessons

vivakomeda wrote:
Perhaps they shouldn't have been funded in the first place.

Seems like public funds spent on assets whose upkeep the community couldn't continue to prioritize, and for which nobody was accountable.

This is a simplistic approach to public spending. Much as you characterise Laetitia's views of capitalism as naive, your idealistic support of capitalism seems to ignore the realities of public assets. Whilst Libertarian philosophies have as much of an idealistic appeal as communism, they ignore the fact that nobody starts out on equal footing, at least if attempted to be applied to the real world.

In the ideal libertarian view, no taxes should be taken other than to protect the fair exchange of assets.

To be sure, nobody could pay for any public assets as everything "should" be funded by private individuals or groups. However, many are born with no access to assets and no means of getting them. It is illogical to suggest that these people should accept a system that protects assets and the right to assets but does not give them any access to those assets from birth. To those born with nothing to exchange but their labour (as opposed to those born with a pool - among other things - of their own) and no common property to access (presumably not even a street to walk down), the logical step would be to kill those who have the assets and take them.

Of course, this is an untenable situation so what we end up with is some mix of communism and capitalism. It is a kind of civil contract. The problem is that the current capitalists are trying to break that contract as they either don't pay taxes, pay less tax or direct taxes away from supporting public assets. This includes pools.

Jan 17, 2014, 14:37


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