OSers are mostly a socialist and progressive lot. As such, they often reason and act as if they have no understanding of free-markets, free-enterprise, and businesses as largely self-regulating, cost-efficient institutions.
To accomplish this, they must argue from emotional, subjective grounds. They must ignore common sense, logic, facts, and history. Because change is what most Liberals actively seek, they generally treat the Constitution as a list of suggestions in order to remove it as an impediment to National Socialism.
Indeed, this chattering class seems blissfully unaware how their constant calls for more government result in the increased forcible takings that invariably accompany such demands. They can't, or don't, forsee that larger governmental takings in the socialist effort to feed the hungry reduce the ability of many taxpayers to feed themselves. Their misplaced empathy overlooks how the involuntary contributions of taxpayers to subsidize the housing of those who would claim to be otherwise homeless reduce the ability of the givers to make their own mortgage or rent payments. It doesn't occur to them that taking from workers to provide the retirement benefits of non-workers often robs the workers of any ability to provide for their own retirements. The list of such hypocrisies is practically endless.
Further, it's no wonder OSers are largely poor. They often seem to be the beneficiaries of multiple, but stingy, governmental benefits, so well funded by the rich, whom they despise. One cannot blame either class for voting for their own interests.
OSers cannot see that the rich are the charitable ones, since government, largely funded by the wealthy, spends its entire, annual, $2.2 trillion, revenue stream on welfare entitlement programs alone, while having to borrow, every year, the $1.4 trillion it spends on everything else, including our military ($800 billion). In spite of the fact that we spend $3 at the national level taking care of the many unfortunate beneficiaries of government welfare for every $1 we spend on our military, the logic of the OS class is, of course, that we need to reduce military spending and enlarge welfare spending.
Nothing has brought this inanity to the fore more than the recent suggestion that Arizona taxpayers, for example, should object to their national tax dollars continually being used to rebuild the houses of those who remain vulnerable to hurricanes on the east coast. After all, nobody on the east coast is similarly obligated to subsidize the electric bills of Phoenicians during the annually recurring weather conditions of the Sonoran Desert summers. What "logic" works one way, apparently, does not work the other.
Yet, to their credit, those who populate this site, seeking the Socialist Nirvana, understand what every business needs – customers. In boycotting OS, they hope that they may deprive their non-functional, but highly cherished, forum of exactly what it needs to continue as it has. Truthfully, thus sank Air America.
There isn’t any doubt that OS deserves their scorn. Just like any governmental welfare program, it is a wonderful concept, implemented with a great deal of incompetence. In this case, the incompetence is technical. However, that hardly matters.
What matters here is that all businesses die without customers. While OS deserves this chain yank, and, if found unresponsive, its inevitable demise, I am certain that most OSers still find security in the fact that no government welfare program will ever be short of beneficiaries. For those who think as I do, however, such welfare programs will all die, to one degree or the other, in the forthcoming American bankruptcy.
It just astounds me that OSers did not call upon the national government to regulate OS into well being. I am flabbergasted that OSers did not call upon taxpayers to buy OS new and better computer hardware and software.
Instead, OSers chose a self-regulating market mechanism to force OS compliance with customer needs and demands without involving government. OSers are 'voting with their feet'.
This is truly, truly, truly amazing. The boycotters probably don't understand how their embargo mocks the current and hugely excessive regulation of our capitalist system that they so willingly embrace.
So, while I recognize, appreciate, and congratulate the wisdom associated with the well-deserved OS boycott, I will never cease to be amazed that such economic insight on the part of OSers never extended to other parts of our wealth creation systems.
If such insight would have permeated what passes for intellect on this site, then Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama would have long been exposed for the idiot dividers they are in expounding their philosophies of “you didn’t build that”. If it had permeated the emotional and subjective reasoning that pervades OS, then the same rational kitchen arithmetic employed around personal OSer check book registers would have quickly motivated our subscribers to find common ground with those who point to the inevitable consequences of our profligate spending at the national level.
The day will probably never come when most of the participants at this site will also enroll in the realizations of the foregoing paragraph. If it does come, then it will almost certainly be too late.
If it did, however, we would have moved the conversation onto how every government taking reduces the liberty with which the deprived taxpayer can dispose of his or her wealth. We would have also discussed how every government welfare disbursement enslaves the beneficiary.
Hey, if we never meet again, it's been real . . . . .