dbts: Privacy Fetishes, Perfect Competition, and the Foregone(fwd)
petro at playboy.com
Mon Nov 9 19:44:21 PST 1998
At 9:05 PM -0500 11/9/98, Jim Choate wrote:
>> Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 15:27:14 -0500
>> From: Petro <petro at playboy.com>
>> Subject: Re: dbts: Privacy Fetishes, Perfect Competition, and the Foregone
>> No, it's that facists & socialists like yourself think we should be
>> happy letting you decide what our social responsibilities are.
>Actualy, no. I'm perfectly happy to let you run around paying no taxes on
>your income. The part you're not going to like is that I'm also not going to
>let you reap one iota of benefit from those systems that are built and
Like I said (it's that reading and comprehension thing, kinda like
my spelling thing), I don't mind paying fair costs, I do mind paying
extortion at the point of a gun.
>developed by those of us who do pay taxes without a cost. And the cost will
>be more than what the necessary taxes would have been. Hell, a free-market
Prove it. Prove that in a competitive market certain goods and
services will be MORE expensive than in a Government-as-Supplier.
How many Corporations you know buy $300 hammers, or $1000 toilet
>capitalist shouldn't begrudge a tidy profit anyone under any situation.
I don't begrudge a profit where it's due. Bill Clinton isn't due.
Neither is Newt Gingrinch, or any other Feeding at the government trough
>> I am perfectly willing to pay for a police force. A police force
>> that arrests ALLEGED rapists, treats them like human beings until found
>> guilty and then deals with them as the law indicates. I am NOT willing to
>> pay for a police force that spends most of it's time (well, aside from
>> eating doughnuts, drinking coffee and collecting bribes) chasing after
>> teenagers with illegal chemicals. I am not willing to pay for a police
>> force that extorts money from these same teenagers. I am not willing to pay
>> money for a police force that thinks it needs to arrest people for
>> "loitering", "Mob Action", when it's defined as more than 4 people standing
>> together in a public place, and ESPECIALLY when EVERY TIME THEY ARREST
>> SOMEONE, IT'S THROWN OUT OF COURT.
>Neither am I, unfortunately paying taxes or not won't resolve those sorts of
>issues. What is required is public over-watch groups (as was recently
>implimented in Austin, pisses the cops off big time) and a change in the way
>we run our prisons. As to the way people are currently treated prior to
>being found guilty at a trial is an abuse of power on the part of those
>parties involved and clearly cruel and unusual punishment for an innocent
So, they don't get fired (usually) they don't get more than censured.
>Of course the *REAL* problem isn't the police. It's the people who make the
>laws that the police are sworn to uphold and the judges with a social agenda
No, the problem is the police. To quote (IIRC) Lydia Lunch:
"Neo Nazis with night stick dicks, no brains but banging into yours
in the middle of the night looking for whatever don't fit in with their
ideologically unsound version of reality".
Also known as "You wanna act like a fuck'n gang banger, I'm gonna
treat you like a fuck'n gang banger" to two teenage black males who (like
every other black male in the neighborhood) had learned to walk around the
corner when the cops drove by.
The cops in the larger cities are so fucken dirty that a "citizens
oversight commision" will either be a politically packed joke, or wind up
changing members every couple months from attrition.
>That process *is* most certainly an ideal place to inject consideration and
>respect for civil liberties and the purvue of government institutions.
Oh, and that has been working OH SO WELL thus far.
>> I am willing to pay for the streets I use. I am not willing to pay
>> the same fees to ride my bicycle (my current primary form of
>> transportation) as you do to drive your 2 ton SUV.
>And you probably don't now (Does a Bronco II weigh 2 tons?). In actuality
>you don't pay the gas taxes, the vehicle registration, license fees,
>inspection, requisite insurance, etc. for your bicycle. I bet you don't even
>have to license your bike to ride it on the city streets.
No I don't. but check the numbers, there is a $6000 LESS collected
in road taxes (average) PER CAR for each car in america. That $6k comes out
of my pockets as well, and as a bicyclist I my share is MUCH less than that
of a Bronco. Not to mention that I don't pollute anywhere near as much, if
>> I am willing to pay for fire protection. I am not willing to pay
>> for "universal health care", "welfare", and other such nonsense.
>The Constitution happens to mention that the federal government is detailed
>with taking care of the general welfare. If you don't like that sort of stuff
>then get a Constitutional amendment passed.
If that is the interpretation, then the document is morally flawed.
>> In other words Jim, Fuck You. I, and I'd bet most people here,
>> including Mr. May, are perfectly willing, and hell even eager to pay their
>> share, to assume their social responcibility, they just get very, very
>> angry at having to pay OTHER peoples social responcibility, and get very,
>Unfortunately, that is what social responsibility is - giving with in
>personal gain. That ultimately is what drives the bee up your butt.
Yeah, having to support the lifestyle habits of others really DOES
beef me. I pay *MORE* than my way, and I *WORK HARD FOR IT* (all jokes
aside). Others do NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO MY LABOR.
That is slavery, pure and simple. No constitutional gobblygook can
>> very angry at having to pay for other shit (Senate Luncheons and Swimming
>> Pools, the Militaries greatly inflated budget, all the waste that is todays
>> federal government).
>Agreed. Throwing the Constitution away won't fix that and going to a
>free-market monopolistic no-social-responsibility-at-all system such as
>anarcho-capitalism is sure won't do it.
Sure it will.
>> Yes, but a state can kill those who don't wish to be governed. Can
>> and does routinely.
>Oh what hyperbole. You make it sound like the Nazi's have invaded. They
>haven't. Yes, there are misguided people out there. Yes, there are just
>plain old corrupt people out there. That won't change irrespective of the
>political system (or lack of one). They don't just go out and pick people
>off the street and shoot them you're over-reacting and succumbing to a
>paranoid delusion of persecution.
How many millions have died in the last 100 years IN wars started
by and for the advantage of the state?
How many died at the hands of Stalin, Hitler. and other dictators?
The state, whether here in the US, or in other countries tends to
treat the humans that comprise it with little concern for their health or
livelyhood, and the ugly truth is that the same characteristics that are
necessary to keep a government in line are the same ones that make a
If you have citizens that are honest, principled, and willing to
assist those around them, you have no need for a "state".
Without honesty and principles you have Slick Willy.
>Unless you kill somebody or move a few tons of coke your individual chances
>of being killed by the state is less than being struck by lightening.
There are 1.7 million people struck by lightning every year?
I am not going assume that our country is any better just because
it's subjects are my neighbors. No, we don't kill as many, but name one
country that has jailed more of it's subjects, and the truth is, we are
"To sum up: The entire structure of antitrust statutes in this country is a
jumble of economic irrationality and ignorance. It is a product: (a) of a
gross misinterpretation of history, and (b) of rather naïve, and certainly
unrealistic, economic theories." Alan Greenspan, "Anti-trust"
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