kiyote wrote:I know that Rand herself would disagree with me if she were still alive, but I always used this as a reason why institutions like welfare and nationalized healthcare are a good idea. You don't give a dime to a beggar because you want to be nice, you give it to them because you're betting on the idea that they will return more than that dime to society at large. If you're just dropping dimes into people's cans as you pass them, you're probably not investing that money right, but a larger system spreads out that risk, and maximizes the chance of a return through the economy of scale. Most people welfare gives money to will squander it, but the few who succeed will pay back, socially, more than what was given to those who wasted it away.
It's a nice idea in theory, but it also means giving up control over your life. Take it too far, and a big and sufficiently powerful entity could put all of society into the situation Digdoug is in right now.
Someone else manages your life for you and offers some security, but you get no control over your destiny, or even perceive that such control is even an option. As we can see here, Digdoug is probably being underpayed for his work, even as he is being lead into believing that Dove is being generous. She is taking full advantage of his ignorance through "welfare".
Berserkas wrote:So, yeah. Who would willingly go to a side, only to be belittled and mocked every day?
It certainly sucks, but it beats disbanding. It's not like Erfworld rulers are creative enough to come up with one of those fates worse than death. It would offer the chance to struggle on to live another day until Fate offers you a new opportunity.