: Definately not the only one. I will maintain that different people have different interests and goals, and with finite land (but not wealth as expressed by utility) and more over limited ability, those peoples interests are not so compatible as to be collectivised without serious, warfare serious, disagreements over allocation. After all a rule led collectivisation can only occur with the initiation of force (because the sudden mass consciousness myth, is a myth)
I dont think it's as terrible as you let on Gee.
: Not with a huge amount of politicians (unsuprisingly) nor a lot of voters (acting in what they perceive to be self interest incidently)
It might just be that history is against you Gee, history's a powerful thing, a bit like God, once it's on a roll it'll flatten opposition.
: I wonder. maybe we are heralding a new age of amoral pragmatism - just as bad as militant ideological liberalism, and just as much a path to power for those who wish to use it.
I know the idea of a prevailant Blair/Clintonite mediocractic democratic dictatorship of the guilty middle class doesnt particulary please me either but I'm hoping and praying it can be made into a prelude to something better. For instance the Conservatives of Britain have had to drop their commitment to privatisation and complete worship of the free market to be at all credible.
I dont think the centre ground has moved to the right, like a lot of trot doomsays would have everyone think, I think it's moved to the left, a Liberal left but a left none the less.
: You are choosing to save because of the reality of your specific job. Its not the jobs 'fault', its your choice. Reality does not change at your whim (I spent a long time learning that!) and the way you deal with it is up to you. If you wanted books more than safety you'd buy them. If you wanted safety and then books youd make sure you could earn the necessary funds, by offering the necessary skills - or better yet becoming self employed and trading.
How can you call this restriction of choice freedom?