Your Local Crackpot Speaks Out

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I posted an opinion on social media the other day about my city’s suggestion that we franchise our trash hauling service. That was sticking my nose into a political issue—something I try to avoid with these essays.  But sometimes we see things which our experience tells us are bad ideas, and we feel like we owe it to our friends and neighbors to give them pause and time to think carefully.

One reader said that I was “vilifying” the idea by calling it socialistic and that I sounded like a “crackpot.”

What I actually said, or tried to imply, was this: when we give up our right to choose our trash haulers—when we allow the city government to decide who they will be and how much it will cost—we are submitting to a socialistic order.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to vilify things that seem, well, villainous to me.

Right now, if I don’t like the job my trash hauler is doing, I can march out there on the driveway and say “Hey you!  You’re fired! I’m going with somebody else!”  Now I probably won’t do that, because he’s giving me really good service and an excellent price.  But I still like holding the cards.

If I relinquish that right to my city government, I lose a little piece of my freedom.  And I’m all about freedom.  If the city gets to make the decisions, and the price goes up or I’m unhappy with my trash hauler, then I don’t get to march out there and fire him.  Well, I could, but he would just laugh at me, because I wouldn’t be in charge anymore.  The cards wouldn’t be in my hands, and I’d feel helpless, impotent and very resentful.

I don’t think I’m a crackpot.  I just looked up the definition of socialism.  Here’s what it says:

 “A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”

In other words, franchised trash service is textbook socialism.  I’m not a crackpot.  I merely pointed out that the pot is about to crack.

Every time we ask our government, be it Washington D.C. or local city councils, to “handle” things for us, we surrender a little piece of our freedom.

To quote T.S. Elliot: “This is the way the world ends; not with a bang, but a whimper.”

4 thoughts on “Your Local Crackpot Speaks Out

  1. I’ve really grown to enjoy your posts and perspective. Due to an abundance of ignorance on my part, would you be willing to speak out about the advantages of a franchised yeah service. I mean, the only reason can’t be, “yay, for socialism”. I’d love to hear the other side, but with your unique voice and interpretation

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  2. Matt!!!! Long time no see! Thanks for the comment but I can’t speak for Socialists. You know me….I’m too anti-social. I do welcome other views, though. I just don’t VOTE for them. And PS How did you end up with such a beautiful girl? DB

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  3. IF THE CITY HAS THEIR WAY SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR BUSINESS, AND SO WILL SOME EMPLOYEES. THE CITY WILL TAKE CARE OF THE BILLING, SO THE PRICE WILL GO UP. THE CITY WILL LOSE THE PROPERTY TAX ON THE TRUCKS, AND SO WILL THE COUNTY, SO THE PRICE WILL GO UP. SOME PEOPLE NOW ARE PROBABLY TAKING THEIR TRASH TO THEIR BUSINESS OR PLACE TO WORK, SO THE CITY WILL GAIN INCOME, EVERYONE GETS TO PAY.
    THOSE ON SOCIAL SECURITY DID NOT GET A COLA INCREASE IN 2016, THEIR NET INCOME WILL GO DOWN PROBABLY. SOME CITIES REQUIRE SPECIAL GARBAGE CONTAINERS TO MAKE HANDLING EASIER, ANOTHER COST TO RESIDENTS. KEEP TRASH PICKUP A FREE ENTERPRIZE. THERE ARE MORE POSITIVES TO LEAVE AS IS, IF ITS NOT BROKEN, DONT FIX IT.

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