Monday, April 13, 2009

Whenever I say "we don't need government"

posted by The Vidiot @ 4:04 PM Permalink

Sure enough, someone chimes in with, "but what about roads? and trash? and everything else we've come to depend on in a technological society?" And my usual response was, "it would get done. I don't know how it couldn't." But that didn't usually convince them. But maybe this will. Seems a road was in need of a $4 million repair, but the government was dragging their feet.

So Slack, other business owners and residents made the decision not to sit on their hands and wait for state money that many expected would never come. Instead, they pulled together machinery and manpower and hit the ground running March 23. VideoWatch the volunteers repairing the road »

And after only eight days, all of the repairs were done, Pleas said. It was a shockingly quick fix to a problem that may have taken much longer if they waited for state money to funnel in.

And that's how roads get built and trash gets picked up. PEOPLE do it. Imagine that.

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At 9:04 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

Yeah, great.

And it's reaaly nice that these folks have the $$ & machinery to make it happen.

But what about the poor folks in my town who've worked their asses off for years and got their jobs shipped off overseas and now don't have a pension, a job, healthcare ... &c.

Most folks who've been 'downsized' are protecting their own. Others who haven't been laid off or fired are protecting their own.

The rich always protect their own.

In all groups, Utopia isn't in their minds, and rarely their vocabulary.

Face it, when it comes down to it, most folks are 'I got mine jack, FY!'

Those of us with a conscience feel bad about it. Those w/o a conscience think it's the free market because 'I got mine jack, FY!'

I can't even organize my friends to support my neighbors who don't have enough food. Because they have enough, but barely enough.

I have more than enough so I give, but at what point do I not have enough?

Addendum: I wonder how many of the folks' in the articles brought food to their poor neighbors's homes before deciding to spend that effort on a road.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Erick said...

Sailor you could ask why they didn't do a hundred million different things also... The point is they did something for themselves instead of waiting on some bureaucratic BS government to say how they were too busy feeding people or creating a new school. Its great that you help your neighbors but the real point of this article seems (at least from my perspective)to be about how a world would be capable of thriving without a government. Not complete lack of organization, as obviously such a large project must have needed a large deal of organization and commitment, but the point is that people are willing to do what they need in order to achieve the standards of living or efficiency regardless of a lack of government aid.

At 8:53 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

Erick, you grok.


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