Monday, November 7, 2011

What a backward, regressive, and oppressive society

Today is November 7th, for those of us who have been living under a rock. Also, relatedly, some people in the United States have decided to return to the days of the Primitive Hut. Disclaimer: I am not against taking principles from other eras, especially if they're good ideas. However, it seems that some of us are taking us back to pre-government times.

If you want to prove the purpose of government, the best idea is to get a group of people together, camp out in a park and try to survive without some order imposed by a government. Let me tell you, it doesn't work. Professional hobos will fleece you of your food, criminal activity will sky-rocket, and you will lose a lot of money. Of course, there are two options in each of these circumstances (there might be more, but I will say two). For the first instance, you can print citizenship cards and only those with cards will get food. Or else, you can decrease the quality of the food. The second one was chosen. For the second instance, you can either segregate the community and create a police force or run away. The first one (in a certain sense) was chosen. In the third instance you're screwed. You have to get a job.

What's funny is that if you don't want certain people partaking of the goods of the society (like hobos in New York City partaking of the delicious food provided by Occupy Wall Street volunteers), then don't let them. Get some infrastructure going. Just don't complain when people want to do the same with illegal immigrants.

If you don't want your world to be full of rapes and sexual assaults, don't let it happen. Increase your security force. Segregate the people into "safe areas" and "unsafe areas". But don't then complain when cities are segregated and the police are overbearing.

If you want to make money, then go make money.

You're doing a lot of good for the world, OWS, but you're not doing any good for yourselves. You think that you can start over and create a better society. Don't you see that you're falling into the same traps that every society has always fallen into and that you're protesting?

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