September 14th, 2003

i'm ready for my close up mr demille

a wasted day... my politics part 2

Location: Columbus, OH

Man, I don't think I have ever slept this much in my entire life. I ended up completely blowing off yesterday, with the exception of the 4 hours I drove in the morning. I took a 4 hour nap in the afternoon then went back to bed around 11pm last night and slept until 8 o'clock this morning. During those waking hours I loafed here in the truck, played with the cat, wrote in my journal, and web surfed a little. Needless to say I won't make it to visit New York today. Oh well, I have two trips planned for next month anyway. I find it kind of amusing that in a year of driving, some of the intersting places I go already seem to feel "old hat".

But before I get on the road and finish up my trip, I thought I would take them time to formulate part two of "My politics". I will begin this one with a preface as well, more general information about my overall politics. I am a firm believer in capitalism. Capitalism is the equivalent of social Darwinism. Competition is necessary to achieve continued evolution. Without it, stagnation would ensue. I have no problem with basic needs and services being socialised to a certain extent so that all may benefit, but it is the competitive nature of capitalism which fosters innovation. Visions of utopian, communal socities on a large scale are not only naive, they impede the continued evolution of mankind. This is not to say that capitlaism is without its perils. A truly free-market is dangerous, giving rise to monopolies in its most extreme form - thereby once again negating the spirit of competition. It is a delicate balance, fraught with trial and error. As suspicious as I am of "trickle down" economics as a matter of public policy with concern to tax programs, I recognize its validity in market economies. When comparing the "poor" of a market economy with the poor of socieites without them, the difference is glaring. As one immigrant noted, they came to the U.S. because here, even the poor are fat. Consumerism creates excess goods and plenty of unskilled work which beneift the impoverished directly and indirectly. A wealthy government provides services and programs which ease the blow of poverty. Comparing the poor of the U.S., Cananda, Japan, and Western Europe with those of underdevleoped nations or "communist" China is like comparing apples to oranges, if you will excuse the cliche.

My politics, part two
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