Sunday, November 06, 2011

Individual Responsibility

Tyler Cowen has an annoying post entitled Who is Against Individual Responsibility?

I find the post and it's title annoying because it's laden with so much political and ideological bullshit. Nearly everybody approves of people taking responsibility where they can and exercising initiative to solve their own problems. What the people who trumpet "individual responsibility" really seem to want, though, is avoiding any personal responsibility beyond their own narrowest interests.

The Koch brothers and their ilk may blather about getting the government off their backs, but what they really want is the government on their side - fighting wars to preserve "their" oil interests, acting as enforcers and collectors for the fees they extract from the economy, guaranteeing their investments in shaky economies, and so on.