One of modernity’s most routine conflicts is that between ideology and objectivity. It’s interesting how routine it is given the certainty of which side will ultimately win. You would think ideological advocates might occasionally yield to the superior firepower of objective reality. Though vague awareness of their military deficit rarely dissuades them from launching vainglorious frontal assaults. Perhaps the most currently conspicuous example of this is the liberal western determination to enjoy a first world lifestyle with a third world population. Brazil can only guess at the eventual result.
Even the proponents of a first world/open border society must intuit the impossibility of their position. I mean, most actually want to be well-paid in a nicely manicured place themselves. But the necessary restrictions to cultivate such an environment don’t align with prevailing ideology, so the restrictions are dismissed out of hand. The modern question isn’t what is true, but what must be true. Many will be bitterly disappointed by the variance in these two concepts.
When I speak of maintaining a legacy first world society, let me give you some figures. Total government outlays (federal, state, and local) in America are presently running at $7,095 X 10 to the 9th. That’s over seven trillion dollars per year. By the way, that number increased by $100,000 in the time it took you to read this paragraph.
But those figures are just wallpaper, like the symbols floating around the matrix movies. What’s it really mean? Well, since there are only 327,622,367
Americans humans living in this country, the bill bears quite heavy on each back. Heavy to the extent of $21,657 per person, for every man, woman, and child. So those eight-person families in the Central American caravan need to be able to cough up $173,252/year in tax revenues after paying for their own food, clothing, housing, healthcare, and iPhones.
The mathematically vivid truth is that the individual cost for civic upkeep on a modern first world semi-welfare state is simply staggering. And while citizens may be willing to bear this burden for sake of their own amenities, they can not long bear it for an envious outside world. That’s why you would think they’d guard their huge civic investment energetically. And lacking the influence of an exquisite propaganda machine, they certainly would. Though exquisite propaganda machines are also a first world amenity, and one we get more of than we can afford.
Of course some will make the point that a great many actual Americans don’t pay their own tolls as well. And that’s true. But a man doesn’t have to justify living in his own home. Whereas people who demand to live in someone else’s home do. This really isn’t as morally ambiguous as the screechers try to make it.
At any rate, I was thinking how few people have any real conception of what the commons actually cost in the West. But how can you blame teachers for their ignorance?
This article discusses the ongoing strikes and walkouts by various state teachers’ unions across the country. All of whom are demanding higher compensation; none of whom are demanding less competition for those funds. Very strange.
Presumably these educators understand that unlike the federal Mictlantecuhtli, state and local governments have no power to print money. Thus spending is constrained by what their taxing and borrowing alone can bear. That means if you personally want more, you better make sure there are more people wanting less. So if I want a nice feathered sinecure, I’m looking for a state with the fewest number of competing mouths. As such we can logically assume that liberal public school teachers must be very much against importing more foreign wards of the state who will divert limited resources away from themselves…right?
Maybe not. Though in actuality the offspring of those wards must be ummm…educated by the taxpayers, which will require larger classrooms and lower salaries. And to great shock and consternation, this seems to be precisely the problem. Thus we have protests from people who are paid to teach math, but not think too much about it off the chalkboard.
And so the battle between ideology and objectivity rages. Let’s see how long the position of pay everyone, but pay me first survives the assault.