Friday, October 15, 2004

A Matter Of Choice.

What happened to personal responsibility?

Every time there is a problem in Singapore, everybody is blaming the government and/or yelling at the government to "do something!". Perhaps all this social engineering has actually created the ultimate Matrix of a nanny state?

Out of politeness and in the desire for social harmony, I have often refrained from speaking my mind whenever those "the government must/will do something..." conversations come up.


So excuse me while I rant a bit here...

  • The Singapore government does not force you to get married.
  • The Singapore government does not force you to buy a new car.
  • The Singapore government does not force you to gamble away wealth.
  • The Singapore government does not force you to buy a HDB/condo.
  • The Singapore government does not force you to breed and have kids.
  • The Singapore government does not force you to run up consumer debt.
  • etc.. etc.. etc..

If you made your bed, go lie in it. Do not come whining and bitching about how hard the "government" or "society" makes your life by raising prices / expectations / taxation. Take it to your counselor, priest, mummy, etc. I for one am not interested to hear how hard life is for you! (I have enough hard-luck stories of my own to share.)

Last I checked, all of us - from the richest of the political elite to the poorest of the heartlanders still have the freedom to choose. Singaporeans may not have all the political freedoms recommended by libertarian philosophers, but they sure still have the most basics of the economic freedoms.

Including the freedom to choose where we spend our disposable income.

In a capitalistic society, how you chose to deploy/consume/invest your money is the ultimate expression of political free will. Or more commonly known as "voting with your wallet". Especially so in the Singapore economic system where taxation is mated more to consumption and not to income!


1 Comments:

Blogger Vox Leo said...

Yes the law is equal to both rich and poor. They may both NOT sleep under bridges, beg for money on the streets or steal bread to feed hunger. Oh! Indeed how equal is the law to all, how impartial it is.

March 05, 2005 3:40 PM  

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