Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
You may be close, but not quite getting my point...
Chaos, by itself, is not a bad thing. In fact, there is a strong argument that most significant human and technical advancements have come in response to crisis and conflict. "Protection" as a goal can and is often counter productive. It makes the do-gooders feel good, but there is a good argument that protection, as a goal, simply makes the protected weaker and less able to fend for themselves.
So - I personally side with the view that "the state" should provide much less protection than it attempts to do today, and that over time this would result in more people developing the skills to protect themselves. The word "protect" of course meaning food, housing, education, etc, and not something limited to guns, violence, etc.
Just like the four primary personality/preference types, societies will always struggle to find the right balance. We would destroy ourselves if either the left or right successfully got rid of the other. We would destroy ourselves if the Guardians of the world vanquished the Rationals. Thus, it makes no sense to label one preference or the other good vs bad. They are all yin to the other's yang.
The pendulum swings. I believe we've swung too far to being a nanny state, and that our freedoms are eroding. With the freedom to succeed or fail comes innovation. Without the freedom to succeed or fail we have only toil. Innovation is what truly provides an improving protection for all of a nation's citizens, not the artificial protections and props delivered by the elected officials in exchange for the votes by the lowest common denominator of its citizens.
The right to keep and bear arms is a symbol. By itself, the private ownership and carriage of arms accomplishes little. However, the right gives our citizens a sense of empowerment. Once a citizenry loses its sense of empowerment, we become subjects to a throne, and our brains and motivation will gradually expire.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...