“It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights…the right to free education, the right to healthcare, the right to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependancy. Those aren’t rights, those are rations of slavery– hay and barn for human cattle.” – PJ O’Rourke on Endlessly Expanding Rights
I chose this quote because I thought it ties in so well with the Democrat debate from August 15. The current Democrat candidates (who are an awful lot, in my opinion), seem to want to implement a list of endlessly expanding rights.
Of course, they don’t come up with practical ways to implement those endlessly expanding rights. Free college won’t ever work. Nor will free healthcare or housing.
For one, those things aren’t “free.” They’re just paid for with tax dollars rather than by individuals.
Additionally, labeling something a right doesn’t make it any less of a commodity. Healthcare, college, housing, etc. will continue to cost money. They’ll just cost even more if the government takes charge because private industry is always more efficient than the government.
Finally, I think this quote by PJ O’Rourke on endlessly expanding rights is so timely because of the comment about slavery. Americans are traditionally an industrious group that has worked for their livelihood and standards of living. Just read The History of the US during the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson or The Republic for which It Stands. From the founding to the Gilded Age, the government stayed uninvolved and private citizens paid for their own housing, healthcare and education.
Now, people seem unwilling to do so. And modern socialists on college campuses and in the Democratic party (who don’t understand socialism) are pushing for Big Government to solve everything. It won’t. It will just lead to slavery.