Is it "class war" to reset tax levels to the levels of the prosperous 1990s? Instead of the classic human social pattern – pyramid-shaped -- ours has been diamond-shaped, the"flattest" society ever. And never before has there been such fecund,vigorous entrepreneurialism…What can we learn comparing 1789 America and 1789 France? How did Adam Smith and the American founders begin a long series of "positive sum" tweaks to keep our social order both flat and vibrantly competitive and market productive... and why are we in danger of ending that clever tradition?
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- From the article by: "Yes, yes. I spend a lot of time around libertarians and I know that their current version is all about hating government. No other agenda or priority."
I would agree partly, but that's a pretty narrow view of libertarian thoughts. Like the some of the founders, I recognize that government is a necessary evil - because men are not angels. In my opinion, the less government the better. We are headed the wrong direction, because as Jefferson said, "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."
I was surprised to see arguing over taxes until I realized that he's only trying to correct some false assertions. Naturally, for those who want to see government grow because they think it helps "society", the natural thing to do when you can't win with facts is to resort to ad-hominem attacks, such as "can't be bothered to read", no clue about "paraphrasing", and even better "screeching".
Why argue about raising taxes on anyone? If I was going to take a utilitarian approach, I'd say "How about ending unjust wars, reducing an over-grown defense industry, reducing waste, corruption and cronyism?" - but no, we have to raise taxes. That way our awesomely great government can grow and the private sector (evil capitalists) will shrink.
However, since "hating government" is the only agenda I have, maybe I'll just go down to #OWS and incite them to overthrow the government. After the fall, maybe I'll get lucky and I won't end up in a re-education camp in a socialist paradise.Nov 21, 2011
- I was searching for a new science fiction series to read and I had always heard the you Mr. Brin were the guy to read. Before I read a new writer I always try to find out a bit about them as people. I've spent the last 2 hours reading all of your recent articles on economics and politics and it is pretty obvious that you are a foaming at the mouth demagogue.
The arrogance of this statement below is breathtaking.
"One would start by paraphrasing. It is what an honest man does. If he were honest he would discuss the 6000 years of oligarchic, pyramid-shaped societies and the dilemma that they pose for those who want freedom and markets."
You seem totally incapable of having a reasonable dialog without launching into these hyper-charged rants about how YOU know the truth and anyone who opposes you is stupid and can't comprehend your powerful intellect. Then you follow by accusing your "enemies" of doing what you are doing.
"None of that interests him. Above all, he seems not to have the slightest clue what "paraphrasing" actually means and how it is what adults do, to get around these "you misrepresented me!" screeching tit for tats."
Well what if someone just wants to talk about the numbers of the 1990's compared to now? This was pretty central to your argument. I guess they would be a nut burger by your standard. Not someone actually trying to bring the data you discussed to the table. I'm not sure who I side with, you or Mr. Friedman at the moment because I too shocked by how you treated is attempt to engage you. Do you also attack your fans and readers this way when they mention some part of your book they didn't like?May 8, 2012
- Hi Micheal - despite your disagreements (and mine) with Brin. He's a damn good author. I highly recommend his "Uplift" series if you can get your hands on them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uplift_UniverseMay 8, 2012
- Ok, fair enough, I'll take a chance and try out the series you guys recommend. Thanks for not blasting me.May 8, 2012
- Because there seem to be a lot of free market purists on this thread (and a discussion of sympathetic summaries) I thought this might be a place to as fo input on a summery I have been working on of Laissez-faire capitalism: "The most, for the best, without concession for the least." My intention is to rework the Eames' consumerist motto of "The best, for the most, for the least." - any thoughts? Have I missed the mark, or does this seem like a generous (if brief) summation?May 25, 2012
- Way off topic, John. I recommend starting your own post and inviting those from this post that you feel might be interested. Count me in.May 25, 2012