Are politicians of whateverism off the rails when they say that they will not prosecute theft of items less than $1000? Should the limit be index-linked?Here is my big issue that overrides the smaller ones: Politics should not be a religion! No one "ism" has all the answers. I like to view communism, socialism, libertarianism, capitalism, democracy-ism, monarchism, elitism, populism, mercantilism, anarchism, and anything else you can throw in there as tools. You need the right tool for the job. Also as philosophies, each one can inform you about how to deal with a situation or perhaps serve as an example of what NOT to do.
None of these things work well when they run unchecked.
To be fair to libertarians and their ism, IMHO they are 100% correct in campaigning for pot to be legal and they are 100% correct in fighting against civil forfeiture. They go off the rails when they want heroin and meth to be legal as well.
Communism works well on a very small basis, like a family unit. Should 3 year-olds have to earn their keep or starve? Of course not, they get what they need and contribute what they can, probably finger-paint pictures to put on the fridge. This scheme runs off the rails if you try and run a country that way, as has been amply demonstrated.
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