September 03, 2009

The Day I Lost My Faith in Socialism By Force

I ran cross-country in high school, and every year before regionals, the team would all go out together for a carbo-load spaghetti dinner. As a freshman, and being poor, I ordered the cheapest thing on the menu. At the end of the evening, expecting to pay $7, I was informed that we were splitting the bill, and I owed 12.

This because some people got appetizers and other high-end cuisine while I had only my plate of Barilla.

So, next year came along. And as a sophomore, and a little wiser, I decided to get an appetizer, too, knowing I'd be paying for it regardless. When it came out, the seniors came over and grabbed it, saying "it's for everyone, since we're all paying for it, right?"

That is the day I lost my faith in socialism by force.


chris said...

...but then I grew up and started enjoying public roads and bridges and trains and buses; and parks and beaches; and libraries and schools and universities; and VA hospitals and medicare and SCHIP; and sewer systems and water systems and sometimes waste disposal; and state-sponsored military and police officers and firefighters and courts and public prosecutors and public defenders; and cheap mail delivery; and food/drug safety; and embassies and consulates; and I realized it's not all that bad. I like to think of this as sharing rather than stealing.

Eric Olsen said...

welcome back, chris! it's been a while. hope you enjoyed australia!

now that the niceties are out of the way, it's not sharing when you don't have a choice.

in fact, i love roads and libraries so much, that i would pay to use them.

Micah said...

fire, police, roads and several of the things you mentioned are shared and we can vote to share those things and they pass. In the case of the story the people who want to share the bill are the ones who will benefit most from sharing and the rest are forced to share and lose.

Eric Olsen said...

"preach" to the second part of your comment micah. good observation.

we don't really have a democratic process in terms of legislation, though. we are a republic. and vote in representatives.

For the record, I'm comfortable with the legality, although still disapprove of localized socialism. I've read Illinois' constitution, and it's ridiculously broad, and allows pretty much any socialized legislation you could think of.

The federal constitution does not.

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