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Who Needs Big Government



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I am giving it a one star. History without theory is like a three legged stool with only two legs. It can easily be subject to misinterpretation.

I'm giving your comment half a star. Comments with hasty analogies are like dogs with no fur, you may like dogs, but wtf?

What about a three-leg stool with four legs? How about a bar stool that only has a post stuck in the ground? I don't understand what that means, "history without theory" and even if I did I wouldn't know how that applies to this video.

I just think the video just makes a heavy-handed defense for a sensible government. I have seen far worse bits (and completely lacking in truth) of propaganda put out by the Right.

Sigh, the left is actually pro-government? Here I was, a teenager, thinking that they were anti-government this whole time. The past 8 years, the only people I heard speak out against government was the left, but boy was I wrong about why they were doing it.

I'm Libertarian now, I support freedom in more than just one spectrum. Economic freedom, and social freedom. Freedom matters more to me, more than safety, more than false security. I hear the left using arguments from fear JUST like the right did in the last 8 years, now.

It's so surreal, it's like everyone just forgot about the last 8 years. Both the left and the right.

I hear the left using arguments from fear JUST like the right did in the last 8 years, now.

Like um... the economic crisis? Not quite sure what your on about. Can you give some examples?

no, he meant in general the overall tone of trying to scare people away from responsibility, and to put it in the hands of gov't cuz it's too scary. he's right.

personally, i thought it was well done, for what it was. and i don't necessarily disagree that a lot of these are scary things.

I've got nothing against institutions of public infrastructure, provided they are administrated responsibly and are accountable to the communities whose tax dollars fund them. Nor am I against community standards such as safety or environmental regulations, provided they are applied fairly and sanely (and again, accountably). In spirit, that's basically what I suspect the posted video is in favor of.

As for the "government", fuck the government. To me, "government" is an old-fashioned word that is practically synonymous with "status quo".

Furthermore, the term "big government" implies centralized, monolithic control, and in the age of the Internet, we should know better than to support such a thing. A system that is too big and centralized is doomed to fail in very destructive ways.

Perhaps the term "big government" is being used here more to criticize and parody "conservatism" than to promote progressivism, but my points still stand.

Shouldn't we be asking not whether we need a big government or not but whether we can afford it?

oldman wrote:

Shouldn't we be asking not whether we need a big government or not but whether we can afford it?

A+++, would read again

And, can rational minds agree: to suggest that government creates- or solves- all problems is juvenile insanity.

or solves- all problems

No one makes that claim.

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