Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

People are fond of calling…  §

People are fond of calling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict an “eye-for-an-eye” battle of retaliation. Of course, this is completely incorrect. In case anyone has lost count, it is a “three-eyes-for-an-eye” battle with Palestinians taking the brunt of the punishment, in large part at the hands of American weapons. Someone tried to tell me that there was no American aid sent to Israel. Let me clear that up for you right now. Nothing wrong with sending aid… but this is a lot of aid for a country only eight miles wide who we support uncritically, regardless of policy or activity, much to the antagonism of the much larger Arab population, with whom we were generally allied before the creation of Israel. Why? Are we determined to contribute to a world war?

Meanwhile, I just got Churchill quoted at me again: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

I ask: is this really an argument in favor of capitalism in the long run? Show me two people sharing their miseries and I will show you bosom friends. Show me two people of unequal, unshared wealth and I will show you bitter enemies, one powerful and one weak. Even if I were to stipulate that Churchill’s sentiment is true (and, by the way, I do not), is it really so obvious that unequal weath is better than shared misery?

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