Keep telling me it's not Nazism.
We’ve forgiven ourselves.
Yet we still revere our founding 'fathers.' We put them on our currency. We resist any attempt to deconstruct the mythologies we've built around them. We propose to follow their every intention to the letter.
We only inherit wealth in this country, not responsibility.
But preferring an unjust order to uncomfortable justice.
If I want genocide, I'm going to have to dispatch this idea right away.
Why should I pay for education when I don’t have children?
Why should I pay to see the hungry fed when I buy my own food?
Why should I pay to shelter the homeless when I worked hard to own my home?
Why should I pay for the sick to receive care when I am healthy?
Why should I have to pay for prenatal care when I’m not a woman?
Why would I let that family from a dangerous country into my country when I am already safe?
The only health that affects me is my own health.
The only shelter that affects me is my own.
The only water and food that affect me are my own.
The only prosperity and the only safety that matter are my own.
We'd likely find many people who believed that their ability to thrive and prosper was entirely the product of their own effort and talent and ingenuity.
Or equated wealth itself as interchangeable with moral virtue.
Or ascribed virtue to the wealthy simply for the fact of their wealth.
The ability of incorporated organizations to efficiently gather wealth might afford them greater protections and considerations under the law than that offered individual people.
Public services would become the necessary enemy of private purchases.
The idea of tax collected for public values such as education or health would begin to seem monstrous.
You might get a political party dedicated to only one discernible principle, that being the payment of as little tax as possible, the better to let the virtuous hold ever more of their virtue.
This is the final conclusion: Other people do not matter.
Anything at all, to any number of human beings.
It would start by equating them with crime and disease.
And it would likely continue with some way of gathering them together.
We've seen it before.
Indifference to others as a way of securing one's own security carries the seeds of its own demise.
When I choose to live in world in which other people do not matter, I choose to live in a world in which I, eventually, inevitably, will not matter, either.