Looking out for Number One!

Written By: Leon Felkins

On 2/12/96 -- Revised 6/2/14

Working . . . Sorry this section still in work!


"...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, ..." --- Albert Einstein
Let me say first that my intention in this essay is not to denigrate the groups that will be specifically named herein. No, the reason for this essay is to somewhat counter the irrational belief that many people have that the various groups -- the government, the military, the law enforcement agencies, the universities, and others associated with the public welfare -- are acting to improve your life and mine. They are not. They are acting for their own selfish reasons. That is not to say that some of what they do will not benefit you and me.

Also, I want to make clear that I am not trying to say that what they are doing is necessarily wrong. In fact, passing judgment on what they are doing is not my purpose at all. My purpose is to try to convince you to realistically judge the actions of all these groups. Your life will be better if you understand the truth about the actions of others. "We are doing it just for you" is not the truth for any of the public welfare groups, as well as McDonalds!


Notes:

1: A very significant mention of a related issue, individual rationality, is in the November 4, 1996 issue of the newspaper, Investor's Business Daily, a factual, conservative, financial newspaper. The article, called "Is Ignorance Rational?", worries about the rationality of voting among other things. A most interesting quote is: "Each person knows his vote won't decide the election, so he doesn't follow the issues."

2: Is it fair to lump ordinary working level government employees in with politicians and career administrators under the accusation that all act selfishly? I think so, for they all do what they do for selfish reasons -- just different selfish reasons. Ordinary working level folks make statements such as "I am so thankful that my brother-in-law got me this job. This job has saved my life. I have security, I really don't have to work very hard and there's little stress". Or you might here, "My cousin, Elbert, says he thinks he will be able to get me a job at NASA where he says I will have good pay and don't really have to know a whole lot." Notice that there is no mention of serving the public. In fact, I have never heard a working level government employee mention that they do what the do to serve the public. Politicians say those kinds of things.


References:

DiLorenzo, Thomas J. and Bennett, James T.: Official Lies: How Washington Misleads Us. 1992. Groom Books, Alexandria. Va.

Gross, Martin L.: A Call for Revolution (How Washington is Strangling America -- And How to Stop It). 1993. Ballentine Books, New York.

Mead, Lawrence M.: The New Politics of Poverty. 1992. Basic Books, New York.

Martino, Joseph P.: SCIENCE FUNDING - Politics and Porkbarrel. Transaction Publishers, 1992

"Military Spending Working Group", on the net at "http://www.fas.org/man/index.html"

"Discretionary Spending: Military Takes as Much as All the Rest Put Together" on the net at "http://www.cdi.org/issues/discret.html"

"The Center for Defense Information" on the net at "http://www.cdi.org/"


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