Essential ServicesPosted: February 12, 2013
“Taxes are the price we pay for freedom.”
Ignore the irony in that statement. Irony is dead. Let’s move on.
Government. Why do people eagerly flock to the polls to elect politicians that will rob us through taxation and constrain our liberty? Doesn’t make sense to me. The unintended consequence of all laws is a deadening of our spirit. I can remember when politicians used to get elected by promising less government. (Ha ha!) You don’t hear that anymore. Now our elected masters loudly proclaim how they want to pile on the laws. People don’t function well under compulsion.
Roads. This “essential” government service is thrown in the faces of people who profess a liking for freedom. Their stumped look is taken as an “Aha, gotcha there, mister freedom-lover!” The sputtering answer is usually something like, “But private enterprise can do it better!” You can’t win that argument by accepting the premise that we need roads. I think I’d get along just as well with a horse, or walking. That’s just me. I wouldn’t force dusty trails or freedom on anyone. I know that the rural farm life is tough, but I don’t think it would be any tougher than chronic unemployment in a city. I might feel differently if my entire skill set wasn’t invested in the dead trade of carpentry. As for people who think that government roads are desirable, well, I suppose they do help you get to your plantation on time. Just keep in mind that permission to use those roads (drivers license) can be revoked at any time for any reason.
Schools. Most people think that children, left to themselves, will sit on the couch all day and play video games, eating potato chips and drinking sugary soda pop. Maybe. There were no video games when I was a child. That might be why I spent almost all daylight hours outdoors. I have no rare insights into how to encourage a child to learn, but I do know that busing him to a locked-down prison camp is not the best way.
Police. The hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I see Officer Friendly. Major warning bells. The police don’t fuck around. They will Bonnie-and-Clyde-Deathcar your ass in a heartbeat, all in the name of “officer safety.” Without enforcers, no erosion of liberty would be possible.
Fire Department. Wouldn’t it be a whole hell of a lot easier to just build homes that don’t burn? Mark Twain suggested this about a hundred years ago, and now that he’s gone, I’m the only person in the world that thinks this is a good idea. Just in my scrawny berg, every week a house burns and people are left homeless or lifeless. Why do people still build homes out of flimsy, flammable sticks?
Military. In my lifetime, no other government has sent their army to attack America, but America’s government has attacked, without provocation, almost every country on this planet. I see no justification for, and only danger, in keeping a standing army. If the mightiest military on earth can’t subjugate goat herders in Afghanistan, then should I really worry about foreign invaders?
Posted by Dave