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    Quote Originally Posted by magicmerl View Post
    That made you seem really naive and callow to me. It's as if you have no idea what human suffering and compassion is (in either case).
    A great deal of human suffering is self-inflicted. Exactly how much of my wealth (which represents nothing less sacred than hours of my life) should be allocated to ease the suffering of those who have given themselves cancer by smoking cigarrettes, or diabetes from poor eating habits, or injuries due to thrill-seeking?

    The answer, of course, is "as much as the state wants". If I don't comply, my freedom will eventually be taken, at gunpoint if necessary, at which point your wealth will pay for my imprisonment.

    The error in your thinking is the presumed connection between the state and human compassion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicator View Post
    A great deal of human suffering is self-inflicted. Exactly how much of my wealth (which represents nothing less sacred than hours of my life) should be allocated to ease the suffering of those who have given themselves cancer by smoking cigarrettes, or diabetes from poor eating habits, or injuries due to thrill-seeking?

    The answer, of course, is "as much as the state wants". If I don't comply, my freedom will eventually be taken, at gunpoint if necessary, at which point your wealth will pay for my imprisonment.
    I think that the flaw in yoru logic is that you are perceiving of it as 'your' money. People are paid salaries in an amount that already factors in that part of it will be apportioned as tax.

    I think that humans are fairly arrogant in terms of perceiving themselves as somehow existing outside of the rest of the universe almost. When we 'own' land, we don't really own it. We're merely holding it in trust for the next generation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicator View Post
    The error in your thinking is the presumed connection between the state and human compassion.
    Actually, I do think of the public health system as being an expression of the state's compassion. And evidence that the US is a less compassionate society than the rest of the first world.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grok View Post
    The public universities are almost as expensive as the private ones. The universities can get away with charging whatever price they want for tuition because the student loans are guaranteed by the government.

    The high cost of education today is a direct result of government involvement, namely government guaranteed student loans.
    This is completely false. The high cost of education is a direct result of governments *moving away* from socialist policies (where education was entirely paid for by the government, barring a token amount) so that now students pay a share of their education costs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grok View Post
    Why do you need a gun to build a road?

    Can you even answer that one simple question?
    What is your fascination with guns? I mean, I understand you're an american and it's like an article of faith to believe in gun ownership (just like 'freedom'...) but seriously? The government doesn't need guns to build a road (I guess unless there's raiders in the hills or something...).

    Governments fulfil several disparate functions. You might as well ask why the state needs to employ a teacher in order to provide healthcare services to the public. It's a ridiculous question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grok View Post
    What do you think people did in this country before we had medicare and medicaid? Do you actually think sick people were just dying in the streets without being taken care of?
    yes, actually.

    you see the process prior to insurance was either you could afford it on your own, or you couldn't and you had to go with either charity or nothing. charity often only covers so much -- so many people -- so effectively, a lot of people were dying without medical care.

    it happens in the modern world as well. the issue of 'access to care' is not just about distribution of the care resources (doctors, medications, technology distribution) but also the cost of that care and whether or not it is afforded.

    Education is a similar example. In areas where government doesn't fund schooling (several schools in africa), they are run via parent-paid tuition or charity (or a combination there of). This means that many children do not become educated, in particular if their parents aren't educated (and therefore cannot homeschool) or their children don't have access to charity to provide the education.

    That being said, I'm not saying that the state is the answer per se.

    But, yes, people do simply get sick without treatment and die and what not if they can't afford medical care and don't have access to charitable care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grok View Post
    Please do, I'm like the lone anarchist here amongst a den of statists. I need all the back-up I can get.
    Um... not anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grok View Post
    I hear Chavez had to fly to another country to get his cancer treated, I guess the government healthcare in Venezuela just wasn't good enough for him.
    He flew to Cuba.

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    Anarchism is leftwing. It comes from Bakunin, Goldman, etc... The capitalist agit-prop machine has appropriated a lot of it to deputize rubes into carrying their water.

    Anarchism and private property? And how exactly is that private property defended without the state? That's the raison d'etre of the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    Anarchism and private property? And how exactly is that private property defended without the state? That's the raison d'etre of the state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magicmerl View Post
    I think that the flaw in yoru logic is that you are perceiving of it as 'your' money. People are paid salaries in an amount that already factors in that part of it will be apportioned as tax.
    This is just like...so mind bogglingly statist that I just...I just don't know what to say.

    Let me see if I can actually try and comprehend what you are trying to tell me.

    You are saying that if the government steals my money before it reaches my bank account, it was never my money to begin with?

    What really boggles the mind, if this is what you are actually saying, is that you actually expect me to accept that as truth.

    I don't even want to bother replying to your other nonsense right now, I'm not in the mood for politics as I'm going to get a large dose of it tomorrow at the Nevada GOP State Convention.

    This kind of stuff is just so far out there that it encourages me that people are reading it and discovering just how flawed statist arguments actually are. I'm shining the light of truth on everyone by illustrating the ridiculousness of your responses.

    This kind of logic is the very definition of a wingnut. Someone who is so deluded that they actually try and convince themselves that there is no theft taking place.

    Quite a fascinating psychological study actually.

    wingnut: noun. someone who thinks theft of wages is not actually theft because the theft took place somewhere between the point where the payer paid the payee and the payee received the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    He flew to Cuba.
    Oh man, those Cuban medical facilities will kill him for sure. I think it's more likely they sneaked him over to Florida while nobody was looking.

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