[ExI] Private and government R&D

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 14:01:46 UTC 2009

2009/7/1 Mirco Romanato <painlord2k at libero.it>:

>> I'm not good, I admit that I'm bad. I don't give to charity, but I
>> agree to be taxed, and demand that the *government* use the tax money
>> eliminate the need for charity. Actually I don't even quite agree to
>> be taxed, since I try to minimise my tax whenever I can. I would
>> actually prefer it if everyone else were taxed, but an exception is
>> made just for me. That isn't going to happen, so second best is that I
>> get taxed along with everyone else.
> So, in the future, could you avoid to trolling with false pretences of
> morality?

As per my previous post, I don't care about deontological morality
(which I guess is what you are referring to), only ultimate good
effects. I have never claimed to be "better" than anyone else.

> What you have is a bad case of envy.
> You want destroy what you can not be able to have for yourself: charity.
> As you are unwilling to give freely, so others must be forced to give so
> they can not give freely. If they would be able to give freely, you
> would know other are better than you.
> It is, at the bottom, a status symbol. Who that give freely a gift to
> others in need show his power for other to see (reason for the
> Christians don't like ostentation of generosity and advice to give
> anonymously when possible). You, and people like you (usually socialist
> of various stripes), hate that someone could show better than you.
> Openly attacking them would be dangerous, so the next best thing is to
> use others to attack them.
> Claiming an entitlement is a status seeking. An entitlement raise the
> status of the people receiving it, where receiving the charity of
> someone lower their status.

Maybe you're right. Maybe I'm just evil, and hadn't realised it.

Stathis Papaioannou

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