And where has anyone expressed any of the following sentiments? Or have you merely taken it upon yourself to project these intentions upon others? Is that a particularly charitable act?lyndon taylor wrote:Not wanting everyone to have medical care is uncompassionate, not caring if people starve is uncompassionate, not caring if people are homeless is uncompassionate, only caring about yourself is uncompassionate.
As much as one might wish for it to be otherwise, the production of food, shelter and medical care do not materialise from thin air. They are created by scarce labour, resources and capital, and therefore cost effort &/or money to create. Someone has to pay for these things - they do not simply fall from the sky, nor are they infinite in their supply.
To discuss, with reason and equanimity, how these goods & services should be produced and distributed to the best effect is hardly "uncompassionate". In fact it's very sensible discussion, and is precisely what people might reasonably expect from their economists and politicians.
And therein lies much of the reason why the term "tolerant left" has become such a farcical misnomer in recent years... (and according to some, why the UK voted to leave the EU and why Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of the United States)lyndon taylor wrote:I don't see this as really debatable.