excuse me. i need to sound like the left wing, open minded liberal democrat i am. *ahem*
ANARCHY DOESN'T WORK!!!!
it just DOESN'T. do you people know JUST HOW MUCH our government does for us? how much ANY government does?
who would build our roads? who would teach our children? who would mediate disputes, or give us moral boundries?
we can talk about hte "perfect world" where everyone would work together and be happy, but WAKE UP. we don't live in that world!
we NEED boundries! and no, government is not perfect. of course it isn't! but a lack of governance is NOT the answer!
people tout anarchy like it is our savior. like it is the eden for all good thinking people, but it's not. for a number of reasons.
for one thing, the majority of people, when they say 'anarchy' what they really mean is 'complete democracy'. wha they really want is for each person to have a voice, and for each voice to be heard.
but aside from that. do you know what anarchy means?
it means there are no laws. and sure, there're always laws that some of us don't like. but some laws, MOST laws, are GOOD!
how could we ever get anything done without rules to guide us? yeah, sure, it'd be fun to not have to work, to just goof off all day, and not worry about things. but what happens when the FARMERS start goofing off, while their crops go to waste? what happens when the plumbers stop working? or the electricians? what happens when the factories shut down, and you can't get any more clothes?
"what if," you're bound to say "they didn't?" well, all right then. say the factory that makes your shoes stays running, because for some reason, the people who work there want to keep working.
their employer is under no obligation to pay them, in an anarchy. and none of them are required to adhere to any sort of standards. what if, instead of a shoe factory, it was a food processing unit?
has anyone ever read The Jungle? can you IMAGINE how shoddy the work would be?
now take a moment and think about your daily life. i'll generalize for the sake of time. you get up in the morning, out of a bed that is made to standards so that it doesn't fall apart beneath you. you take a shower and brush your teeth in water that is pumped to you in pipes layed down by men and women who are payed by the government (which really means YOU), in water that is cleaned by the government, again, to standards set so that it won't poison you.
then you eat breakfast, let's say, toast and eggs. many of us here are environmentally conscious, so let's take the eggs first. the chickens they come from are raised at farms which again, adhere to regulations so that we feel safe eating non-toxic, non-poisonous eggs, not to mention that the chickens are kept to a minimum standard of living (perhaps it's not perfect, but it's better than it could be). and the toast you eat? it came out of a toaster that is made AGAIN to adhere to standards so that it doesn't burn or electircute you. it's plugged into the wall, which is attached, as is the rest of your house, to the national power grid, which, HEY, is run and regulated BY THE GOVERNMENT.
the toothpaste you used earlier? that's made without things like lead, because the GOVERNMENT made a law saying that since lead is poisonous to us, we can't use it in stuff we use every day (like toys, and paint).
i can go on. how about the car you get a ride in to school? ever think about how safe that is? or why? what about the road? i'll bet it's pretty smooth. i'll bet it's got lines, and is repaired every few years. i'll bet if you live in a rural area, it's less well maintained, but when it gets really bad, who do you go to? that's right. your local government.
"government", especially in the US, has gotten such a bad rap over the last...decades, really. but it's not. if you have a beef with it, SPEAK UP. that's how the system works. there can be no change if we do not speak up.
and it DOES work. no, it's nto perfect. of course it's not!!! we live in a nation with MILLIONS of people. how can you POSSIBLY expect them all to be happy?
but look at the most recent election. the PEOPLE were ready for a change, and so, we have change. not just obama. but the house of representatives now has an unprecidented majority of democrats, and the senate has an almost filibuster proof majority of dems as well.
our government speaks for us. it is not evil, it is not bad. only when it begins to serve it's own self interest is it a thing to be hated.
okay. left wing ranting and raving is done.
please, feel free to comment (if you got through all of that :P), and voice your own opinion. as long as you have solid thoughts behind it, and rational reasoning, i will respect it, and concider it. i might not agree, but i will respect it.
your lesson on taxes will follow in a few days.
have a good night y'all.