Patriot Post – Digest For Friday
British economist Herbert Spencer (1820-1903): “That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another’s desires. The relation admits of many gradations. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. The essential question is — How much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit?”
Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “[R]easonable people can disagree on whether illegally excessive force was to blame [for Eric Garner’s death]. … But you know what reasonable people can’t dispute? New York’s cigarette taxes are partly to blame for Eric Garner’s death. … You can talk all day about how ‘government is just another word for those things we do together,’ but what makes government work is force, not hugs. If you sell raw-milk cheese even after the state tells you to stop, eventually people with guns will show up at your home or office and arrest you. If you resist arrest, something very bad might happen. You might even die for selling bootleg cheese. Everyone agrees: No one should die for selling bootleg cigarettes. But if you pass and enforce a law against such things, you increase the chances things might go wrong. That’s a fact, whether it sounds callous to delicate ears or not.”
My Opinion: I don’t even know where to start on this one. Just a question, I guess. How long do you people on welfare expect the rest of us to work for you?