To TFB’s credit, he’s not engaging in any “I’m too inept/lazy to actually look at the conditions around me, and so I got a speeding fine, and so the government are mean” patheticness – but he does go off on a massive silly rant about urban motorway speed limits (which are set to 40 or 50 because that optimises traffic flow, not because of T3h 3vilz…)
However, DK’s presentation of the rant provides a brilliant demonstration of the classic libertoonian fantasy, in which TFB is quoted as describing his car:
I earned the money to buy it. […plus more which was, like, stolen by the government to waste on schools, hospitals, soldiers, and other awful things – PDF paraphrase]
Which DK concurs with as:
I’ve fucking paid for it
The difference between these two quotes, of course, is that DK’s one is correct and TFB’s is meaningless bollocks. In my ‘not writing pseudonymous shite on the Internet’ job, I get paid a lot of money. The idea that I ‘earn’ it, in a meaningful sense that’s independent of the government and society we have – and hence implicitly that I deserve all of it and that tax is an imposition – is complete and utter rubbish.
(and no, I have never worked in the public sector – that’s not the point at all. If you have a well-paid private sector job in a developed economy, then the spending decisions, regulatory rules, educational priorities and economic policies of current and prior governments still have *far* more impact on the fact that you’re doing well than your own abilities. To believe otherwise is ridiculous, nonsensical hubris…)