Here’s another article on the causes of PR’s economic disaster, with the same statistics as those noted by Schiff:
You mischaracterize me. Maybe my initial description of myself was too blunt and actually an unfair description of my own views. I come on this board because I care about the poor just like every purported “progressive” leftist. But I strongly feel that the policies and ideology supported by the progressive left ultimately undermines the poor. I stand behind this claim from an empirical as well as a moral basis. And though I’m not an anarchist, I don’t think it is too difficult to see the patterns of destruction that comprise the most socialist/communist states of the last 100 years: China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, the USSR, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, numerous other African nations, etc. The evidence is overwhelming.
So when I look at Puerto Rico, I see so many of the same flaws that charaterized the nations listed above, and I have to begin the conversation by noting those similarities as the root cause of Puerto Rico’s problems.
I certainly care about the suffering of people in PR. But that doesn’t mean that I should be forced at gunpoint to bail out its failures.
And your apartment example is also a fallacy for multiple reasons:
- Presumably I’d be living in a privately-owned residential building, which has set its own rules for tenants, as is its right since the building is the company’s private property. If I blare my music at the highest decibel, I’d presumably be breaking the rules.
- Even if we changed the example to me living in my own home and blaring music so loud that it significantly disrupts my next door neighbor, that neighbor can either request that I turn down the music, or if I refuse, he could call the police on me since my disruptions are actually invading his private property.
Sound property rights would seem to prevent your scenario from occurring indefinitely, even if I was the biggest jerk on the planet. And if I wasn’t, and simply didn’t realize that I was disrupting someone else’s life, voluntarism and decency would prevail quite quickly once my next-door neighbor confronted me.