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Thursday, July 7, 2011

in a democracy you have the right to do nothing

1. You have the right to do nothing: you cannot be put in a labor camp for not working.
2. It is usually better to do nothing than fail at something. Failing at a job is more inconvenient for your boss and co-workers than you not taking the job. Failing at a business venture is a waste of resources. An experiment that does not discover anything or research that cannot complete your objective, however, is useful to other scientists - the methods and results of such an experiment can inform others who would have performed the same experiment or inspire them to perform similar experiments which may discover something; basically the same is true of research aimed at breakthroughs.
3. Humans are intrinsically valuable. One who seems useless may one day provide an example or a useful subject for research for saving those with similar problems. One who seems worthless may be psychologically valuable to others.
4. Idleness is better than inability. Some one who can quit being lazy has more potential to contribute than some one who is incapable of contributing.
5. Knowledge and materials are more valuable than money. Between hunter-gatherer societies and automation, money has its place in making labor available; but it is not intrinsically useful beyond our ability to burn it or write on it. We would have a lot more free time for recreation, research and design if we organize our society around a hierarchy of needs (starting with producing goods for biological needs - try telling physicians that scientists can't figure out what people need) instead of the money-market system; we would also live among a physically healthier society this way.
6. Homeless shelters are less expensive than prisons. Prisons require more labor in the form of supervision and more space to house staff offices, visitation areas and recreation areas.
7. Listening to some one you know is incorrect can help you make your explanation of why they aren't correct clearer. Listening to some one you don't know is correct can provide the vocabulary to stimulate some one who knows it isn't correct to explain to you how it truly is.
8. The rich getting richer is a threat to national security: the increasing percentage of the nation's money held by the few weakens the economy. Those with higher incomes spend a smaller percentage of their incomes, resulting in decreased economic demand and thus decreased economic growth.
9. Some one whose needs are guaranteed to be met is more likely to innovate. Most people can't quit their job to pursue a great idea.
10. We have the resources to provide for all. Things may seem tight, but that's just due to poor organization. The money-market economy produces Happy Meals toys and singing fish. It processes food such that the nutrients are removed and disease-causing amounts of sodium and preservatives are added - it grows so much of certain crops (which happen to be nutritionally inferior) that it disposes of tons of them. It eschews energy obsolescence even though we are using fossil fuels at a faster rate than we are finding more. It neglects medical research when such research seems unprofitable. In the status quo such energy and medical research continue sub-optimally.
11. Government control mustn't be arbitrary. Democracy, based on all citizens having equal power, is a process in which citizens participate in comprehending and analyzing ideas. The open forum - the exchange, research and development of ideas - not the executive power of the government or the process by which some acquire more monetary power than the rest, is the epitome of democracy.

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