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  •  First of all, all dollars are public. U.S (2+ / 0-)
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    currency is issued on behalf of U.S. citizens by our agents of government. Categorizing dollars according to a particular temporary use just muddies the issue. They are all official IOUs and we guarantee they will be honored.

    Secondly, we need to shuck the verbiage being employed by authoritarians. Compensation for labor is not a benefit, at least not in a society where compensation for labor and honoring obligations are the norm. Children and slaves get boons or benefits -- rewards for being compliant. Free persons are entitled to be compensated for any services they perform.

    Trying to get something for nothing may well be a remnant from the time when some people were prevented from getting sustenance for themselves, unless and until they complied with some "superior's" directives. Indeed, the widely accepted "no free lunch" suggests as much. That the lack of access to sustenance conflicts with our supposed commitment to the right to life is a puzzlement, unless we conclude that the right to life is an aspiration that has yet to be realized for whole persons. The right to life only applies to human cells and then only if they have been implanted in a host.  All other forms of life are disposable, as man decides.

    Something from nothing. That may be the core expression of human hubris. Or it may just be the attitude of people who aren't prepared to share; for whom every donation feels like an extraction because they are bereft of the generosity gene.
    It's not altruism that's missing; it's generosity.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 03:56:52 AM PST

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