Adele, the English pop star, recently said:
[While] I use the NHS, I can’t use public transport any more. Trains are always late, most state schools are shit, and I’ve gotta give you, like, four million quid – are you having a laugh? When I got my tax bill in from [her album] 19, I was ready to go and buy a gun and randomly open fire.
This has, predictably, caused much consternation for the hardcore socialists at the Guardian newspaper (and presumably the hardcore socialists that make up the majority of the English citizenry).
Some blogger for the Guardian had a few choice words for Adele, but you could tell it was tough for him to tear down someone from the celebritocracy, a group the Guardian usually takes to endlessly fawning over. Nevertheless, when someone says something Un-PC, they must be torn down. He trots out the usual claims for why taxes are so great here in England. Why, if not for taxes, then there would be no schools (or at least “shit” ones), no roads, no NHS and (although not mentioned by the intrepid blogger) no wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, bank and EU bailouts. You take the good with the bad I suppose, except in the case of government run schools, roads and hospitals, it’s all bad.
What the socialists don’t seem to understand is that absent government theft and redistribution, roads would still exist (and be far better) schools would exist (and actually educate) and healthcare would still exist (and might actually improve the health of the rapidly fattening English population). To say so, however, is to commit the cardinal sin. To believe in more efficient, equitable and improved social services absent government is heresy.
Education is a very important topic to me, hence why I am adamant that government stay out of it. To paraphrase Mark Twain, never let schooling get in the way of your education.
The guardian blogger had this to say about Adele’s position on schools:
Actually, according to the most recent Ofsted report for the UK, “Just over two thirds of schools at their most recent inspection were providing a good or better education for their pupils. Pupils’ behaviour was good or outstanding in 86% of schools.” Of course, if rich people stop paying their taxes then they will become shit.
Ah yes, according to the most recent government report, government schools are great! To the State, lies are first nature. The State is built entirely on lies. And “the rich,” that oh-so undefined term, are just like a bank card. When the “country” needs more money to give to bankers, or foreigners who are in debt, or for military adventures, or for shit schools, they can just go the Bank of Rich People. They are always open, have unlimited money in which to send down the government rathole and, besides, they don’t add anything of value to society anyway. If taxes are so great, let’s just tax everyone 100%, that way the roads and trains and schools and wars would all reach a utopian perfection.
While the government detracts from the wealth of society by literally stealing it from citizens, Adele adds value. Many people enjoy her music and are willing to pay for it, voluntarily and of their own volition. Not to mention the jobs she creates through touring, merchandising, etc. Government services, on the other hand, are such rubbish that people must be forced at gunpoint to hand over their hard-earned money. Sure, government bureaucracies create jobs, but the majority of them add little value to society. In other words, teachers, doctors and road workers would all still exist in a free-market, but they would more accurately reflect their true demand.
So what’s the bigger news story here? That Adele rightly thinks she can spend the money she has received justly, wiser than the government or that the Guardian thinks the government owns its citizens and can arbitrarily determine how much of their property it can confiscate?