Greater Good =>Greater Evil

THERE’S NO DENYING IT and folks in the Right might want to reconsider fanship of Mr. Spock, with his pseudological wittering, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few — and the one.”

No, Mr. Spock. That is despicable. Every call for sacrifice for the greater good — demanded of an individual and involuntary — is an abomination. There is no situation in which it is good, meet, and proper for a group to do to an individual what every individual in that group is forbidden to do.

Nor can needs be proper determinants of deserts. What one needs has no bearing on what one deserves. If one is not willing to provide for one’s wants, then one’s needs must needs go unprovided for, absent charity. And forced charity is — I am sorry — either theft or slavery. Take your pick as to the name you give it — either is intolerable.

3 responses to “Greater Good =>Greater Evil

  1. A civilization must call on its young men to fight sometimes. The call is this: “Fight and everyone fights with you. Our freedom, our lives, our civilization depends on your fighting and it is only if all who can do fight, that we can survive.” I think the survival exception to the rule exists, and survival depends on more than just military in the time of war.

    The free rider problem is the cause of generally applied taxation with the right to use force to collect that all governments apply. The founders did the best that can be done in my opinion, by conceiving of a limited government, with limited and defined powers to tax, for limited and defined purposes. It is to our discredit that we promptly jettisoned the Founder’s vision for expediency and politics.

  2. ba-BAM! You nailed it.

  3. Mark Philip Alger

    @Leroy

    I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don’t think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful. If a country can’t save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say: Let the damned thing go down the drain!

    — Robert A. Heinlein

    The principle applies across the board. One of the founding fathers — say, Madison or Adams, though I’m not sure which — pronounced anathema on the prospect that government might tax a man to pay for that which he abhors in conscience.

    M