Thursday, January 10, 2008
Support Yaron Brook!
Chances are, you've already encountered Yaron Brook's excellent article against socialized medicine in Forbes Magazine through Noodlefood, but if you haven't, you should take a look at it and, more importantly, consider leaving a comment in his support.
The solution to this ongoing crisis is to recognize that the very idea of a "right" to health care is a perversion. There can be no such thing as a "right" to products or services created by the effort of others, and this most definitely includes medical products and services. Rights, as our founding fathers conceived them, are not claims to economic goods, but freedoms of action. [bold added]Appallingly, a majority of the commenters oppose Mr. Brook.
Consider what this means in light of the comment in bold above. Most of these commenters support the enslavement of physicians. This can potentially affect your health later on and, because it could set the precedent for members of other professions to be enslaved once enough politicians think their services are needed for "the common good", socialized medicine represents a direct threat to the freedom of everyone.
Politicians who read or hear about the reaction to this article -- as well as the editors of Forbes and other magazines -- need to know that there is sympathy for pro-freedom viewpoints.
Mike N has been writing about self-reliance lately and makes the following observation.
[T]o surrender any responsibility for our own survival is actually a surrender of our freedom and those to whom we surrender that freedom will necessarily control that part of our lives.Indeed. And in support of his point, he points to a rather disturbing article about parents who are alarmed about the fact that "their children in school are being screened for mental illnesses, some, without their (parent's) consent".
Galileo on "Bush Bulbs"
I may have coined the phrase, but Galileo does it justice. He has actually tried them!
They do not work in dimmer fixtures, which I recently installed throughout my apartment.And all this builds up to a very fitting conclusion.
They do not turn on quickly.
Their spiral shape is ugly.
Their light is cold and disturbing, reminding me of a sterile office. This is not the feeling I want when I am in my home.
They are extremely expensive.
Their light flickers.
It causes headaches in some people.
The bottom line is that I don't want them.
I tried them once, way before legislation was passed to make them obligatory. That is when I discovered most of these unpleasant characteristics. I am not alone in my opinion, as evidenced by their paltry market share.
I bet "none of the above" isn't a result.
Bothenook points to a quiz, "Select a Candidate 2008", that beautifully concretizes what's wrong with the political milieu today, not to mention public opinion polls. One need go no further than the first question!
Iraq: What is your opinion on the war in Iraq?I don't see "Use Iraq as a base for annihilating Iran, Saudia Arabia, or both -- or leave", as one of the choices. The closest approximation to a correct action would be the first choice, but that is not entirely accurate (and the usual reasons people give for withdrawal would make me look very dovish when in fact I am much more hawkish than any of the candidates).
Importance: Not Important Very Important [This is a four-point scale on the quiz. --ed]
- Decentralize Iraq by dividing it into regions of separate governments.
- Draw down the U.S. troops and decentralize Iraq by dividing it into regions of separate governments.
- I favor immediate and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops.
- There should be a timetable for the removal of U.S. troops.
- We are going to be in Iraq for a long time, as a support force for the Iraqi government and forces.
- U.S. forces need to stay in Iraq for as long as it takes for Iraqi forces to take over.
And if I take the quiz anyway, do I truthfully say that this issue is "very important" -- or do I try to minimize the impact of this question's failure to include the right option by saying it is "not important"?
And finally, no matter which candidate this spits out, I know that it will be someone who does not agree with me that taxation and the welfare state are morally wrong and should be abolished, and that he will see our military options in the current war as ignominious retreat in the face of Islamic barbarism or, even worse, the continued sacrifice of American wealth and lives to the brutes who populate the Middle East.
The philosophical ideas that presently have the greatest currency in our culture wrongly circumscribe the terms of the political debate and consistently produce unacceptable candidates for public office.
You can't vote your way out of such a mess. You have to work so that the public will eventually make it possible to begin digging itself out -- by spreading better philosophical ideas. This means working to understand these ideas, arguing for them, and supporting those who do.
And no, I don't know who the quiz spit out for me because there is really no way for me to take it. It is just like confronting me with a math exam full of questions like:
2 + 2 =Even if you answered all of the questions, what would this quiz tell you about your ability to perform calculations? Zero.
Importance: Not Important Very Important
Today: Corrected link to Brook article.