I'm not a big-L libertarian. I'm not an orthodox libertarian. (I'm not really an orthodox anything.) In my experience, orthodoxy and allegiance to labels and groups — as opposed to allegiance to core principles, and thoughtful and open-minded application thereof — leads to all sorts of stupid behavior. "How do I feel about X? Well, I am a part of group Y. Group Y supports X. Therefore I must support it. I DO support it. Otherwise I might have to reconsider whether I belong in group Y. Or any group. I might have to decide how I think about each issue myself. I don't have time for that!" This leads to strange bedfellows, sheer bloody-mindedness, and breathtaking rationalization.
Case in point: I view government with skepticism and suspicion, and think that every jot of power we give the government comes at a price, and that price must be taken into account. However, even before my recent experiences, I've never thought that we'd be better off if fire departments were wholly privatized.
I bring this up because the folks of Angry Town Hall are using the Station Fire as an opportunity to satirize anti-government and pro-privatization thought. It's not clear if they mean to reference just the health care debate or anti-government sentiment in general. Either way, I appreciate sharp satire, even if I don't agree with all of the goals of its authors. Fire protection is not the same as health care — as anyone who is not orthodox will concede.
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