08-29-2016, 07:24 PM
How does the current system get us there? How can you guarantee that the money can't be used to save more lives elsewhere? It's a fucking guarantee that you could spend the money in Africa to save a lot more lives.
But if your argument is that we can't valuate laws... then how are you going to argue that we can valuate lives? Then again, you don't seem too concerned with consistency or coherence.
I think that my valuations matter. I think that your valuations matter. I think that everybody's valuations matter.
And I don't mean in some sort of metaphysical sense. I mean in the very concrete sense where it's beneficial to know everybody's valuations. When you spot a problem you automatically valuate it. You notice a little kid is heading straight for a busy street. You automatically have a very negative valuation of the situation. And if you're close enough... you immediately solve the problem yourself. But what if you're not close enough? What if you're on a two story balcony? Well... do you whisper "yoohoo... folks... we have a problem... "? Of course you don't whisper... you shout and point, "Stop that kid!!!" People hear you shout and they automatically look to figure out what's going on. Your shout gets their attention. Whoever is closest to the kid will hopefully understand you loud and clear and will solve the problem. Your eyes, valuation and communication were combined with their eyes, valuation and action to solve the problem. Neither of you alone would have been able to solve the problem. Separately you were defective... together you were effective.
You deciding between whispering and shouting is based on the premise that your valuation matters. But if it's important for you to be able to decide how loud you raise your voice.... then why isn't just as important for you to be able to decide how much money you spend? It's the same exact premise.