Dear Jasper John
If doctors in the United States and Europe are working for “slave wages” there is no hope for anybody. I can only assume you are pulling my leg.
slave wage definition on Urbandictionary.com
“to pay some money for doing a job or task that is around minimum wage or below and offer them no dignity or appreciation
Johnny paid Miguel slave wage to cut the lawn. Miguel only got $4 and a bunch of sh** for not making it perfect.”
But my main comment is this:
You say there is no such thing as society. That is one reason I have never been able to see how
Libertarianism is an any way compatible with the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.
Certainly any study of Catholic moral teachings will find that Society is very important to, and is indeed
the basis, of morality and ethics.
I found this article just last week outlining the history of Roman Catholic moral teachings.
It is quite conservative in some ways but emphasizes society rather than the individual.
Donald M Stebbins
Vision for Society
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Well I would disagree with your definition of “slave wages”.
A true slave gets virtually nothing. In today’s (what you call) “society”, an incalculable percentage is stolen from the worker by the Gooferment by inflation, taxes, and all manner of market distortions. Back in the 80’s, based on purchasing power, the Libertarian economists estimate that EVERYTHING people earned that year was stolen when you calculate inflation of savings and lost purchasing power.
So is a slave someone who has 100% of his wealth and earnings stolen. We can agree you’re free if you get to keep 100%. So at what percentage are we slaves to the gang of thieves called politicians and bureaucrats?
To your second point, God gave man “free will” and tolerates evil and sin. When man freely interacts with his fellow man, great things happen. But when one man imposes his will, the evil begins. The Church lives in a Free Will society and decries the results of the failures. If I am compelled to do what you think is good, how is that moral or ethical? Never mind that it won’t be effective or efficient. Why do you continue to advocate the use of force on peaceful people to do what you think is “right”. If it is “right”, why can’t you get people to agree with you.
Means to an end.
You can’t get to a good end by evil means.
There is no such thing in today’s environment as a “society”. It’s all just compelled behavior. With illusions and delusions that prevent us from being free.
I’ll go back to the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Take care of your fellow man and don’t ask the Gooferment to do it. That Libertarian.
There’s a ton of parables that are like that … but I’m just fat old white guy injineer.
p.s., I’d never pull your leg. Us little L libertarians believe in the Zero Aggression Principle. Laff!
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