Originally Posted by muppetry
OK. So, to continue your line of thought - you listed a few things that you might, or might not use. I did not miss that you carefully avoided claiming actually not to use them. So what about all the ones that you do use? Because unless you are a hermit in the hills, you make extensive use of tax-funded services and infrastructure. I think that your position is dishonest and untenable. Now you want to get on the train and avoid paying the fare because the operator has a monopoly that you disagree with? That's still theft.
You seem to think that I want to use services without having to pay for them. This is not true. I want to pay only for the services I use - and I want the freedom to choose from more than one provider.
You claim I want to steal - that I am being dishonest by not wanting the government to tax me for services I don't use. Your claim would be valid only if I had the opportunity to consent - to opt-in - to this system. I had no such opportunity.
What makes government monopolies any more virtuous or desirable than private monopolies? In my mind, there is no difference.
On top of that you are out of step with the culture in which you are trying to do that. Take an example - you intend to plan for your retirement. You intend to. What happens if you fail? Instead of letting you starve to death, society takes care of you. You may not want that safety net, but most do. Shared responsibility and all that stuff, rather than survival of the fittest. You don't get to opt out because our society does not want to see homeless people dying of starvation in the streets.
The force of government cannot eliminate the consequences of bad choices or the possibility of failure. Take the bailouts, for example. Companies which should have been allowed to fail - and their leadership with them - were bailed out in the greatest transfer of wealth the world has ever known. All this did was shift the consequences of that failure from those who should have suffered it to everyone else.
Any honest, successful person will tell you that failure is necessary for success. Remove the risk of failure and you have no incentive to innovate, to grow, to change, to adapt.
I have no expectation of being bailed out by you or anyone else. I don't believe I am entitled to your property. It is yours to do with as you choose, and if you wish to impart some of it to others, that should be your decision alone.
I don't want to see homeless people dying of starvation in the streets anymore than you do. I just believe it is wrong to force you under threat of violence - whether personally or vicariously though government - to help those homeless people, no matter how noble and just a cause it may be.