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  •  You're looking for the Fallacy of Composition. (2+ / 0-)

    It is the very foundation of conservatism.

    The idea that what is good for the individual is good for the whole is only true within rather narrow parameters.

    The idea that the decisions of individuals, made for the good of whatever they know and care about, limited by their own judgment, prejudices, knowledge, and understanding of the issue, must add up to the best decisions for the whole is not just baseless, but defies logic and all known evidence.

    One of the reasons we needed a strong central government in the first place was that the individual states would not pay their share of the national debt incurred during the Revolutionary War. Not paying was a choice that would have benefited the individual states but hurt the nation.

    Things haven't changed much.

    Supply follows consumption. You cannot stimulate consumption by crushing the consumer. Deal with it.

    by Zera Lee on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 05:55:36 AM PST

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