An ar­gu­ment against cap­i­tal­ist com­pet­i­tive­ness

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

A let­ter Aug. 8, from Lloyd Pow­ell, in The Western Star and in The Tele­gram, de­fended the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s pay­ing high salaries to ex­perts in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

That de­fence ap­pears valid in a so­ci­ety which ex­pects gov­ern­ments to pro­vide all sorts of ser­vices be­sides per­form­ing the only duty of gov­ern­ment which only gov­ern­ment can ful­fill, which would be re­dress­ing in­jus­tice by pun­ish­ing it.

How­ever, if a ma­jor­ity of cit­i­zens had the sense and the gump­tion to con­fine gov­ern­ment to do­ing only what only gov­ern­ments can do, those cit­i­zens might much re­duce the level of tax­a­tion by mostly mak­ing their own laws to in­flict what they deemed wrong­do­ers de­served and con­script­ing some from among them­selves, to serve in courts and as po­lice at a gen­uine liv­ing wage, in­stead of re­ly­ing on cap­i­tal­ist greedy com­pet­i­tive­ness to get ev­ery­thing done for them with lit­tle ini­tia­tive from them.

Colin Burke writes from Port au Port

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