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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 05.12.10 | 04:23 (IST)

    Is a common cause in the ideology of the right. The right believes that there is nothing more worthy than profit, and nothing which is not profitable is worthy of support by society. My opinion of Yishai is beyond low. But it is not just to blame him for a whole ideology which places profit beyond the needs of society. Were I to push the rewinded button upon America to 200 years ago, i would see a nation where 'fire fighting companies' were private groups, self-funded insurance schemes to protect the subscribers, or charities supported by the caring for the benefit of the public. Eventually we understood that fire fighting was a social responsibility. In cities and towns, taxes were raised and fire departments were supported to rescue people and save property. In rural areas, we formed 'volunteer fire departments.' The federal government funded efforts by the Department of the Interior. Now it is the belief of 'conservatives' in the USA that those that can afford such services should pay for them and receive them. All others, those who cannot pay for services, should not receive them. The 'conservative' view is not one that society should conserve the best of itself, but that society should abandon any who cannot pay to preserve themselves.

    from the article: ANALYSIS / Interior Minister must take responsibility for Carmel fire
    First published 01:50 05.12.10 | Last updated 01:50 05.12.10
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