Q/A: Why Are You Such An Ass?

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May 9, 2014 by Liberty

Okay. This question isn’t normally one that I like to justify with a response but I just happen to be in the mood to have a little fun with it. Here’s the question (censored by me):

You’re a f*****g asshole. Really, how do you sleep at night knowing the people you could hurt with the s**t you write? You know, some of those LAZY POOR PEOPLE actually didn’t have a choice in the matter. The only option they have is to live off their benefits. I got a question for you. Why are you such an ass?

Boy, do I love when people put words in my mouth. At no point have I ever used the term “lazy poor people.” In fact, I would feel much more comfortable referring to most of them as “economically intelligent people with low standards.” Lazy may play a role but I don’t judge people on being lazy. Many of these economically intelligent people with low standards are probably smarter than me.

Here I am, working like a dog to make a little more passive income every month, while these men and women make around the same amount of money (or well more) without working a day of their life. All they have to do is continue to fool you into thinking they had no choice. I say, good for them. I wish I’d figured it out a little earlier in life. If I could go back… I might.

Now, I really have to wonder why you have to be such an ass to these less fortunate individuals. I find it absolutely insulting to suggest they’re not capable of surviving any other way. By suggesting they don’t have any choices, you’re making it sound like they’re nothing but vegetables being fed by a machine.

The vast majority of poor people aren’t missing all their arms and legs. They’re not too dumb to sweep a floor. They’re not useless husks of human. They’re real people capable of producing real value for the world. Treating them any differently is absolutely disgusting.

Why am I an ass? Because I care. Now tell me… why don’t you treat these people with a little respect?

Now, I really have to wonder why you have to be such an ass to these less fortunate individuals. I find it absolutely insulting to suggest they’re not capable of surviving any other way. By suggesting they don’t have any choices, you’re making it sound like they’re nothing but vegetables being fed by a machine.

The vast majority of poor people aren’t missing all their arms and legs. They’re not too dumb to sweep a floor. They’re not useless husks of human. They’re real people capable of producing real value for the world. Treating them any differently is absolutely disgusting.

Why am I an ass? Because I care. Now tell me… why don’t you treat these people with a little respect?

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One thought on “Q/A: Why Are You Such An Ass?

  1. Garry Reed says:

    I have this response for your letter writer.

    Notice how virtually everyone who takes this line of attack never says “How can you sleep at night knowing that the criminal politicians rob people under the threat of prosecution and imprisonment so they can take money from people who have earned it in the form of taxes and give it to those poor people for the purpose of buying their votes while skimming some of that money into their own bank accounts?”

    They always, and I mean always, use selective emotionalism – the poor are always portrayed as victims, the robber-baron politicians are always portrayed as heroes, and the true victims, those who earn their own way in life, are treated as criminals.

    My answer to these people is always this: If YOU care about the poor so much what are YOU doing for them? In a libertarian society YOU and millions who feel the same way YOU do would establish a multitude of voluntary mutual aid societies, charities, benefit organizations, neighborhood support groups, and on and on and on, and nobody would stop you from working, donating, assisting, contributing to everyone you can. And as a matter of fact huge numbers of libertarians would join you in YOUR efforts because libertarians are individuals and care as much as YOU do about the truly needy.

    But what YOU do in today’s society is sit on your ass, complain, help elect greedy corrupt politicians to office, demand that others solve a problem YOU see, and otherwise do nothing.

    So how do YOU sleep at night?

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