"One byproduct of individualism is benevolence -- a general attitude of good will towards one's neighbors and fellow human beings. Benevolence is impossible in a society where people violate each others' rights."
Glenn Woiceshyn
Canadian writer
Lessons from the Great Ice Storm: Individualism vs Collectivism, 1998.03.07, Capitalism Magazine
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And the government with its Globalist / Progressive Agenda is doing nothing but violating everyone's rights. Slowly, incrementally...daily.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    I find that to be true. I do not understand why so many folks, particularly those in the social services field, are of the opinion that the government needs to 'save' people. Charity abounds in a free society. It seems to be that those who make their living from public services insist that we support them by force rather than let benevolence take its course. There will always be people in need, but they may not always be that way, although then there will be others in need. Life is full of cycles, ups and downs, and eventually we do die -- the attempt to prop up the needy while earning more than the private sector becomes a racket -- just look at how high medical costs are in America and how inexpensive it is in other countries like India who have some of the best medical professionals in the world. Atheists, while perhaps meaning well, have nothing to do with churches which often provide a good amount of care to the poor and sick -- the more the churches are vilified, the less charity from those institutions there will be, and frankly, the government versions are a poor substitute.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Very accurate, as to my experiences. For example: An engineer neighbor of mine lost his job a few years ago and the family was having a hard time. My family took over in a basket with everything we could possibly think they could use for Thanksgiving dinner (+ more stuff for the kids). We rang the door bell and ran so they wouldn't find out who gave the stuff (a lot of fun for my family). About a year later in a State across the country, I spoke of the incident to a Mr. Obamunist Goodwrench the assassin loving socialist as she became more and more visually upset. After not understanding why we didn't tell the family who gave them the stuff, she said we shouldn't have done that because it was the government's job.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Good on you and your family Mike. And your story goes to show...liberalism is a mental disorder.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Who do you think your government "re-presents"?

    They don't represent themselves. They re-present the CITIZENS!

    You citizens are the ones doing the evil deed. "Slowly, incrementally...daily"

    If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make that change. ~MJ

     -- Gabriel, Johnsville     
    There is an occupying statist theocracy infesting the land that is identified as the United States of America. Constitutionally, servants were to represent the inalienable rights and liberty of life and happiness (not corporeal individuals personally). The occupying theocracy only has illicitly defined helots, serfs, slaves. I do agree with your last sentence. To make the world a better place, each person (individually and in concert) must look at themselves and make a change brining about a return of inalienable rights, liberty, individual sovereignty and "the laws of nature and of nature's God" (Declaration of Independence).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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