Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

Who is your master?

In Opinion on December 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Repost from Spring 2011.

I just watched Republican Congressman Paul Ryan defend his budget plan in a town hall meeting.  He said something like “we can’t raise taxes on those [rich] guys because they are the ones who create jobs.”

NO, MR. RYAN.  We should minimize taxes on those, and all, men and women because none of them are slaves – there is no other moral rationale.  They have no duty or obligation to ‘create jobs.’  They are free and each one exists for his own sake.  Not one of them exists for the privilege or to fulfill a duty of creating a job for someone else.  Taxing a man less so he might use the saved money to create a job for another man is no less evil than taxing him more so that, say, Harry Reid can give the money to someone else.

Why doesn’t anyone see that?  Why are free men and women reduced to justifying their existence by naming the things they do for someone else’s benefit?  Why does BP or Coca Cola or Bank of America spend advertising money telling us they’re good citizens who protect the environment or create jobs?  I want them to pump oil, make sugar water and provide financial services.

One rich man might say “I want to create jobs.”  Why?  So another man will be beholden to him?  And his neighbor, Warren Buffet, says “I want to pay more taxes.”  Why?  So the government can make more men beholden to it?

Neither is moral and I reject both of those altruistic positions.  Those men, YOU, exist and live for one and only one reason; to make YOUR life happy, however you define ‘happy’ and so long as you do not abridge anyone else’s liberty and unalienable rights.

To organize a community around any other premise or philosophy is to make men/women the slaves of whichever gun-toting brute who is evil enough to covet control over other lives.  History proves the point as does simple logic.

It is no more acceptable for a few to be enslaved by the masses than for the masses to be enslaved by a few.  Let men be free.

“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”  – John Galt


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