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29 June 2012 @ 10:20 am
I think I just realized something  
So I follow Joe Bethancourt on Facebook, because I like his music and am willing to overlook his politics. And he posts lots of things about, "What part of my property do you think you have the right to steal?" in response to the Affordable Care Act.

I haven't been able to formulate an answer.

I think I've figured it out. From my perspective, he's asking the wrong question, and that's why I can't answer it.

The question *I* ask is, "We live in a society that conveys many advantages. How can we most fairly distribute those advantages while not constraining personal incentive and creativity?"

I have no problem with people who invent really cool things, or provide really cool services, being fabulously wealthy. I have no problem with the idea that a job requiring 25 years of training pays more than a job that doesn't require that kind of investment.

I do have a problem with a society and culture that treats people who do the day-to-day work of maintaining the infrastructure (by which I mean both public infrastructure like road builders and forest rangers and police and teachers and firefighters, and private infrastructure like custodians and secretaries and house builders and factory workers) -- or who are unable to work because of disability, or who are able to work but cannot find a job because the economy is broken -- as disposable and worthless.
browngirl on June 29th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
Needless to say, I agree with you.

Why is it that people who are all up in arms about their property being 'stolen' so their fellow citizens don't die early of eminently preventable diseases (which has a societal cost) don't care about the billions of dollars the military goes through, for instance? For the price of refitting one of the aircraft carriers left to rust, we could insure *so* many people. But anyway.

Increasingly I find it harder and harder to 'agree to disagree' with people who support policies that I know would adversely affect me and people like me, with people whose politics indicate that they think people like me are subhuman and disposable. I will try to emulate your openmindedness.

*sighs and hugs you*
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: yeah_rightjanetmiles on June 29th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Well, to be fair, it's a kind of selfishness, more than open-mindedness. I won't buy Orson Scott Card's books, for example, because his views on homosexuality appall me, and I can live without the books.

I like Bethancourt's music too much to give it up, so I overlook his politics, which offend me.
griffen on June 29th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I buy his books... from used bookstores. That way, he gets no money, I support a local business, and I still get to enjoy the fiction that isn't gay-bashing.

He's a good writer. He's just a creep.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on June 29th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
It occurs to me to add, I admire your steadfastness.
browngirl on June 29th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
*blush* I'm not sure if it's steadfastness so much as my holding grudges, but/and thank you. :)
griffen on June 29th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Sometimes they are identical, true (says the guy who knows he tends to frame his own grudges as "steadfastness" or "strength of will" far too often...). But in your case I'd say it's steadfastness.
browngirl on June 30th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
*blushes even more* Thank you. :)
griffen on June 30th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
You're welcome.