[qNo "society"? Give me a break... that's completely untrue. Not everyone has a 100% unique opinion on everything, people tend to agree with one another. That's the idea behind representative democracies (too many individuals to participate in a direct democracy, so we have to take advantage of the fact that many people will vote in common ways.) Social trends, etc...
Correct. But, the problem comes when inevitably the government takes more power than the people. In power, i mean through coercion. Take 'public' schools. They can teach only what the government allows. Some call that social engineering.
Also, what I find peculiar is that you say my philosophical statement would have been funny, if it wasn't so common. If it were a unique statement, would it have been funny, or "senseless", or stupid?
If it wasnt so common, it would be hilarious because of how stupid it is.
Apparently you don't think like an individual, Mr. Invidual. You really are just a cog in the wheel.
How is that not thinking like an individual? Every thought is thought by an individual. And as long as im paying taxes to support little Timmie's schooling in Nebraska or paying Ms. Jones welfare check, then i will unfortunately and unethically be forced to be a 'cog'.
Anyhow, I feel there should be a pretty high minimum standard for the living conditions of people. You should only be able to sink to a fixed low (unless you forcefully WANT to go lower.) This minimum standard should fluctuate as a society gets more or less properous, instead of being absolute.
You can have a minimum standard of living. But only if you work for it. Handouts should NEVER be given out. Dont pay the drug addicts in the slums so they can buy drugs; give them a job that they can take and better themselves. However, i am not proposing that government should organize this, it does a poor job to tailoring to individual needs.
It's not feasible to do such a thing in the US, at least not to the standard I would deem fair, but there are countries (such as Denmark) which do this quite well. Of course, Denmark is far wealthier per person than the US... they can guarantee nobody goes homeless.
I am incredibly thankful that it is not feasible.....yet. Unfortunately, im sure some politician will start a campaign to 'protect the children' or 'clean up the streets'. They will give projects concerning this to the schools, ala cigarette ads. Of course, taxes will have to be hiked and new regulations will have to be written up, but its for the good of society, right?
But it's only impossible within our current framework of thinking. Maybe in the future, it really will be possible, if so choose it.
Lets hope no one is that stupid.
These sorts of things certainly did not happen because people cared for the well being of others, did they?
Actually, those are pretty common practices today all over the earth wherever a corrupt government stands. Remember this:Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. --Lord Acton
"They that would give up freedom to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither freedom nor safety."--Benjamin Franklin