Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 17, 2011, 2:57 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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You hear it from the right wing all the time: "there´s no such thing as a free lunch". Well they´re wrong!
Of course, services, whether it´s medical treatment or getting electricity to your house, cost money. It´s either paid for by tax money or your own money. No one disagrees with that.
But let´s take a look at this "there´s no such thing as a free lunch" expression. It is of course, as we all know an adage communicating the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing. Well, actually you can. The fact of the matter is that most of us are getting free lunches all the time.
We now live in a complex, highly advanced technological society built up by generations of people thru hundreds of years. People have been building infrastructure, contributed to science, developed technology, developed efficient ways of manufacturing etc etc. Because of all this effort we now enjoy a more wealthy, advanced and efficient society than ever. All of this, lots of it built and created long before we were even born, we´re now enjoying despite having little or nothing to do with contributing to it ourselves. In other words, our contributions, no matter what we do, are microscopic compared to what we receive from society. We´re enjoying the results of generations of people´s work gradually building a modern society - an enormous FREE LUNCH.
Now, there are people, certainly in third world countries, but also in the West, that are struggling to get by and do not feel that they´re enjoying this free lunch. I totally understand that but that has to do with the unfortunate concentration of wealth. I´m talking about the society as a whole. The western countries are more efficient and wealthy as ever, the problem is that we have a system that allows for more and more accumulation of wealth. That is one of the reasons why we have to abolish capitalism and replace it with democracy.
Now, what´s also interesting is that even though the rich, which the people on the right tend to support, are becoming increasingly wealthy by doing less, the right wing always turn to the poor and working class when they want to give a speech about that "there´s no such thing as a free lunch". The rich, which have become rich mostly by pushing a few buttons on a computer at the stock exchange, and/or exploiting workers, which isn´t exactly hard work, are being given more and more tax breaks and benefits by politicians. Still the right wing have the balls to criticize sick people for getting their medical bills covered by the government. To put it this way, if you think it´s ok that the wealthy are getting more and more recourses into their hands by doing very little, you have no right criticizing working class and poor people for asking for welfare programs.
So how should we organize a complex highly advanced wealthy society? Make it more democratic! Make the workplaces democratic, make the communities democratic. Organize society so that people can be in control over their own lives. Create a society where we focus on people´s needs instead of short term profit. End the system we have today, which encourages greed and unsustainable and pointless consumption, and instead create a society where true human characteristics and feelings like dedication, commitment and solidarity will come to the fore. Create a decent civilized society where everyone can enjoy a decent life - a society where we all can enjoy the free lunch.
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