Are there ANY benefits to big gov't?


BitWhys
#31
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Actually, never mind, BW. Your posts aren't even worth reading, so, as someone once said, welcome to my ignore list.
BTW, troll, feisigh do thoin fein.

I'm not the one playing bait and switch.
 
L Gilbert
#32
This ignore thingy is cool:

 
BitWhys
#33
wow

That looks exactly like the typical libertarian's grasp on reality.
 
MikeyDB
#34
Big government is wonderful...

Just ask those who benefited from the Liberal "sponsorship program"....you can hide anything inside a big government...

Take a look through Canadian and American history...the larger the government the more corrupt it is...
Surely this is good for everyone.....?
 
BitWhys
#35
Canada's first big scandal surfaced in 1873, well before the feds even began collecting income tax. The whole thing could have been avoided, of course, by not building the railway at all. That would have been interesting.

The stuff of corruption is not the existence of government per se, but power. When someone finds a way to actually dissipate power itself in the public arena instead of just pretending to and calling it minarchism or libertarianism or whatever, I'll be willing to revisit it as an option. Until then, I'm more interested in the way matters prevail in the real world.
 
L Gilbert
#36
Quote: Originally Posted by BitWhysView Post

wow

That looks exactly like the typical libertarian's grasp on reality.

??? Don't like being put on ignore, huh?
Um, so who's a libertarian?
 
L Gilbert
#37
Quote: Originally Posted by BitWhysView Post

I'm not the one playing bait and switch.

Nope. You are the one snivelling about everyone else's opinions without offering your own or offering anything constructive.
 
L Gilbert
#38
Quote: Originally Posted by BitWhysView Post

Canada's first big scandal surfaced in 1873, well before the feds even began collecting income tax. The whole thing could have been avoided, of course, by not building the railway at all. That would have been interesting.

Another one would have popped up.

Quote:

The stuff of corruption is not the existence of government per se, but power. When someone finds a way to actually dissipate power itself in the public arena instead of just pretending to and calling it minarchism or libertarianism or whatever, I'll be willing to revisit it as an option. Until then, I'm more interested in the way matters prevail in the real world.

Missed the point. The point was that corruption is easier to hide in big gov't. You wouldn't know minarchism from Stalinism in the real world.
 
BitWhys
#39
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

??? Don't like being put on ignore, huh?
Um, so who's a libertarian?

Actually I was looking forward to it. Realizing who I was dealing with, though, I figured I'd better try enjoy it while it lasted.

see?

ask a half decent question and I'll answer sometimes, even if it does deviate from the thread topic.
 
BitWhys
#40
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

...The point was that corruption is easier to hide in big gov't....

Really? Didn't work with Adscam. Guess the fed ain't so big after all.
 
L Gilbert
#41
Actually, it was probably more like they weren't smart enough to keep something that big hidden. The bigger the bit of corruption gets the harder it is to hide. Also, the longer it continues, the higher the chances it'll be noticed.
 
gopher
#42
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Kinda curious as to what people would say in favor of big gov't considering the conversation going on in the libertarianism=anarchy thread.

The ultra right wing loves it because that means more corporate welfare in the form of multiple billion dollar contracts for the military industrial complex.
 

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