#Fallacies, #Politics

Oddly Constructed Argument

I’ll make an attempt to refrain from political commentary; I’m more interested in the oddity of the argument presented, but I won’t say much.

If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

I get that argument, but it’s kind of odd. For example, your parents may have had you, spawned a new life, and raised you, but they weren’t the first to conceive of such plans. Their parents had to do the same for them, and so on. Each generation relied on the one before it, but at what point is this no longer the case? We are constantly relying on the foundation others have built. It’s absurd to conclude otherwise, yet, this is given as a justification for the coercion of increased taxation?

I don’t buy it.

2 Responses to “Oddly Constructed Argument”

  1. Just A Guy

    July 31, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    You didn’t build the wealth (or poverty) of your parents that enabled you to thrive or struggle.

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  2. Mike

    July 31, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    I get what you’re saying, spammer, but that doesn’t mean you cannot build your own wealth or debt on top of that.

    We will always build on those that came before us–until the last human is dead. That is a fact. But that isn’t an argument against individual success and one’s ability to create something apart from government.

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