Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Going Postal

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting blog, read your manifesto and came across this.
(The money I make is mine, and I owe nothing to you or anybody else. I value individualism and reject collectivism of any sort.)

Now I have no problem with Libertarians not paying tax as long as they realise they will use nothing that has had tax dollars spent on it, no roads, no power, no telephone line, no hospitals etc etc etc.

What would you choose as most so called Libertarians wimp out when given that option.
How much do you value individualism ?

10:36 PM GMT+12  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

Where did you get the idea that I don't agree with paying taxes? I never said that.

The comment I made - "The money I make is mine, and I owe nothing to you or anybody else. I value individualism and reject collectivism of any sort" - refers to the idea that I don't believe in welfare, entitlement programs, or any other system that demands I "owe" somebody something because they have less and I have more. In other words, anything that smacks of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

One is entitled only to what they can afford and are willing to purchase.

I think that perhaps you are too caught up in the label of "libertarian". I belong to no party; libertarian is just the closest philosophy to mine. And, if you are a Kiwi, your Libertarian Party is far different than the American one.

Bottom line: I have no problems paying for any of those things you mentioned because those are all things that benefit everybody, not just one group. I have a hard time with a society that uses tax money to benefit only certain groups, even though everybody is paying for it.

7:51 PM GMT+12  
Anonymous Tane said...

Yet, you come from a country that takes great pride in it's corporate welfare programs, such as farm subsidies etc.

You do not see the hypocrisy in that stance ?

12:29 PM GMT+12  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

Hypocrisy? I am not a government official, nor do I speak for the US government.

My beliefs are my beliefs, irrespective of the nation of my birth.

And please show me any documentation that shows that the US "takes great pride in it's corporate welfare programs". Most people who are aware of the subsidies you mentioned do not approve of them.

7:17 AM GMT+12  

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