Here I’ll try to cleanly summarize my positions on the primary political topics using no more than four short paragraphs per subject.
Regardless of whether someone also worked hard to achieve so-called “success”, e.g. a high salary, a good job, comfortable living arrangements, etc.–which I don’t discount–the vast majority of successful people came from good families and had good educations. This was not of their choosing, but rather was purely a matter of luck.
Generally, success begets success, and failure begets failure. Since successful people (in the Western sense) are not responsible for the most important conditions that made them successful, I believe it moral for those life-lottery winners to contribute to an attempt to produce those conditions for others.
What I am strongly opposed to, however, is the abuse of the money provided for that purpose. Too often these funds are wasted on an underclass that is both unable to help itself and that receives no admonishment or forced correction for being self-defeating. This produces an accelerating cycle of both increased taxation and increased suffering by growing the size of the dysfunctional population.
The solution is to do a few things simultaneously: 1) Agree as a whole on what characteristics make good parents and good citizens, e.g. being educated, spending significant time educating one’s children, participating in the democratic process, etc. 2) Require that everyone become educated in the things that we all agree are important (again, a broad set of general values) 3) discourage people from bringing new life into an environment where these conditions are not met, and foster a culture where it’s acceptable to admonish those who do.
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