I know this may seem like a bit of an odd question but I’ve been wondering about it for the past few days and for some reason I can’t escape the feeling that it (atheism) would be a rather ‘conservative’ point of view (that is, at least in title), and yet I’m constantly being called a liberal because of my social and political leanings. I'm just wondering what your views are on this.
PS: I’ll be gone for a few days but I will catch up with this thread when I return.
Michael! You know I love the extreme, paralyzing rage that results in me when I read your posts! The clenched fists, the gnashing of teeth~ the spittle flying from my lips as I furiously type a response, trying not to destroy my computer in the process. I even love the bruises on my forehead from when I repeatedly bang it against my desk, trying in vain to achieve your point of view!
but seriously, good times man lol :-D
In turn, you could also see that this advocation actually denies the right to life to those individuals. Once they cannot contribute, even if temporary, they lose that right to sustain life, and they lose the gov'ts protection of that right. The ONLY people it empowers is those who already empower themselves~ for everyone beneath them, it strips the right away. It could be seen as an attempt to only empower the 'haves' and to continue the oppression of life and liberty of the 'have nots.'
On top of that, it also oppresses those individuals who do want to help~ it actually forces them to spend more if they wish to help. If a family has crumbled to abject poverty, and there are no social assistance programs, the only assistance they will receive from friends and family is that which they can afford, not what the poor family needs. Having a mandatory pool of contributors decreases the impact of such assistance on those who give, while adequately providing for those who need.
You don't have a moral right to life at the expense of someone else. Sure you have a legal right, but I am not in any disagreement with anybody about what the laws are, Park.
Personal liberty does not oppress anybody. Your so called oppression is fabricated as an excuse to validate your institutionalized violence, just like your so called exploitation.
Michael, exploitation is definitional. Its not a matter of perception, its a matter of what the word means. maybe you'd just be better off arguing that its not wrong to exploit people.
Institutionalized violence? So no police then? Inaction can't be actionable? You're a doctor of some sort, no? How is it that field medics in our military can be compelled
(take an oath) to treat every injured person, whether taliban or US Army, and yet a doctor back here believes in the right to say "fuck it, let em' suffer." ???
Oh, thats right~ you live here, in the most prosperous nation on the planet~ far away from the realities of human suffering. Let me remind you then.
Thats cool too~ its not hard to find a job when you have no home, transportation, education, and you're 12. I'm sure if he works hard, the market will accept him into its infinite bosom and he'll be prosperous~ and every other person just like him.
Human suffering is everyone's problem, and every human needs to contribute. Just how my 3 year old doesn't want to pick up his toys at night, some people don't want to have to contribute.
Well lucky for you, I'm here
Love ya, son.
We humans are smarter, well, some of us are, than having to take money from some to give to others to solve the above problems you cry and whine about.
I compassionately take care of people daily, at the tax payers expense, that are demonstrations of our failed institutionalized welfare state. Enabling dependence on government doesn't work. The way to help these people is by respecting all of our individual rights and empowering those that will work to take care of themselves and their loved ones. Insurance can be affordable, but try and tell that to the countless patients of mine that purchase health insurance, if at all, only after cigarettes, tattoos, IPhones, shoes, gold teeth and who knows what else. We shouldn't just pay for these people to live like this.