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A little lesson in democracy

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So, a thief brakes into your house and steals all your books. You turn to the police because it appears it's the only way you can get your stuff back legally. He tracks down your property and returns your books to you. The thief has a trail and goes to jail. Then a month latter the cop returns with a gun pointed at your head. He says "sorry, but all the thieves got together and voted that you have more books then you'll ever need or use and that all your books must now be kept at the public library". You get NO trail and your books are hauled away. But the story's not over....You miss your books and complain but it appears that the only way you can view and make use of your property legally is to go down to the library when it's open. You go in to find many of your beloved books torn, ripped, dirty or just plain missing. On your way out you bump into one of the thieves/voters and he calls you a hypocrite for using a public library. You have just had a little lesson in democracy. ;)

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This is a very short story I through together after a socialist friend of mine tried to dare me into going without any sort of public service for a whole week. I told him to go f@#k himself.

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What would be stupid would be not to go to the library. The government forces you to pay for something of which a by-product is that they also cause the destruction of all private libraries then they expect you not to show up, how idiotic.

On a side note, as a businessman I have to pay taxes through my company to the city, county, state and federal. Part of my yearly county tax includes three different library taxes.

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What would be stupid would be not to go to the library. The government forces you to pay for something of which a by-product is that they also cause the destruction of all private libraries then they expect you not to show up, how idiotic.

On a side note, as a businessman I have to pay taxes through my company to the city, county, state and federal. Part of my yearly county tax includes three different library taxes.

Ray is right.

You live in a mixed economy by force of the government, so the issue is mostly beyond your choice. Should I stop enjoying beautiful NASA astronomy photos, or not watch the moon landing, simply because the money was obtained by force? The money is taken and gone regardless of your permission and regardless of whether you wish to enjoy the public services paid for it. You can't control which society or level of civilization you are born into. The only thing you can control is your happiness and enjoying the values that exist around you, whether they be privately or publicly funded.

To show the absurdity of this dare to your socialist friend, why don' you ask him to forsake all products of private companies, and only live through public services? He'll probably retort in surprise "but it's a semi-Capitalist society, so I have no choice but to buy their products if I wish to survive!", because somehow, like always, his views only apply to you, but not to himself.

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This was his responses, "But you didn't make your books. Some books you inherited, but most were created for you by the ingenuity and hard work of others. You used to pay a fair price for your books, but you soon realized that you could get far more books than your... friends by paying less for them and eventually getting your books from other places. And even more books by cheating the system whenever possible. And to insure that you would have more books than everyone else, more books than you could possibly ever use; you convinced some of the people that hardly had any books that it was in their best interests to let you get as many books as possible by any means. You did let them have one book that let you justify your every action and keep them in fear and ignorance.

I've never been in a library that had torn and tattered books, normal people understand the concept that it is better for everyone to have access to some books and that sharing is good."

To tell the truth, I don't even think he knows what he's talking about.

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...To tell the truth, I don't even think he knows what he's talking about.

"To tell the truth," I agree with you.

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There is not much point arguing with socialists. They live in a permanent state of anxiety, clinging desperately to irrational "principles" (by definition, this is an oxymoron). Lay out the arguments for them to take in separately, without any kind of personal touch that will make them retrench.

I am saying that because I am sure that your hypothetical book collection, confiscated and displayed, contained most of the works of Ayn Rand ;)

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I am saying that because I am sure that your hypothetical book collection, confiscated and displayed, contained most of the works of Ayn Rand ;)

HAHAHA! Good point and besides most people there are just there to devour the magazine rack or look at internet porn.

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Yeah socialists and the like are just a prime example of one of mans greatest weaknesses, the uncanny ability to rationalize anything, whether by using reason or nonsense. People can convince themselves of anything if they want to hard enough.

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