Friday, September 02, 2005

Waxing Philosophical

I'm personally pretty conservative in many of my views, though I refuse to impose them on others (which makes me a liberal by today's standards). I'm a capitalist through and through, despite realizing that supply side is a bunch of bunko. I'm an entrepreneur trying to build a company, and if it succeeds (so far, so good) I fully deserve all the rewards I earn. I believe in limited government, but I'm also a Democrat.

And watching New Orleans descend into "Lord of the Flies"-hood over the last few days has really made me think a lot about it all. The bottom line is this: I don't believe in socialism. I think government shouldn't be in the business of redistributing wealth. But I also think that the consequences of simply looking out for yourself are crystal-clear: when civilization goes away, the haves will inevitably get destroyed by the have-nots who resent and detest them.

Heck, in New Orleans the haves made it out of town for the most part. The ones who were foolish enough to stay are paying the price - when everyone else got flooded out of their homes and destroyed everything left standing.

I'm not saying that you should all go out and tithe your money to charity. But remember. What you do with your money, your life, and your planet just may come back and bite you in the ass if you don't keep your fellow humans and this planet in mind.

Just a thought.

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