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Oct 25

The Greater Good is Not Good for You


The Greater Good is Not Good for You

By New Voice For Politics Marketing Department

Why should anyone do anything? If you asked a Utilitarian, they would strongly recommend that a person should act “for the greater good.” But what does that mean? The New Voice For Politics’ Marketing Department has come up with an interactive explanation where the reader can help the greater good.

The Marketing Department’s example involves the reader acting for the greater good by  forwarding, retweeting, and sharing this latest issue of New Voice For Politics via email, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media mediums. Instead of utilizing social media for selfish purposes (i.e. annoying friends with pictures of kittens or babies impersonating potted plants and animals), we can all try to achieve a higher purpose. If we each took a few seconds of our time to spread the knowledge and enlightenment contained within this issue of New Voice For Politics, “for the greater good,” together we could launch a new renaissance of personal liberty and freedom. Clearly this sounds like a good deal, and who opposes enlightenment? Does anyone truly want to be left in the dark? Putting forth little effort to help one’s fellow man; only the most depraved of souls would be against such action. Obviously, we are all in agreement that only the vilest of people would not share, forward, or retweet this issue, but what about other examples where people claim that others should act “for the greater good?”

Most often when an individual is told that they must act “for the greater good,” it occurs in the following context. Ed, an employee at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), would like to go to work, but the United States Congress and the White House tell Ed that he cannot. The Federal Government could allow Ed to work and be paid, but they believe Ed should stay home without pay for “the greater good.” Interestingly, “the greater good” also coincidentally demands that the White House and Congressional employees continue to work and receive their pay checks.

This is not unique to the current politicians in the nation’s capital; governments throughout history have been telling their subjects the same thing. Louis XIV was hanging out in Versailles, while his subjects suffered. It was for the greater good that they starved, while he wined and dined with pretty girls. When communism was all the rage in Russia, the U.S.S.R. constantly reminded their comrades that their temporary sufferings were “for the greater good.”

What does “for the greater good” really mean? It means that those who are in charge will benefit at the expense of the weak and poor. Those in power are a minority; they know far too well that if the majority ever realized how they were being taken advantage of they would rise up; therefore, they create a myth that explains why the majority do without to benefit a few. They suffer “for the greater good.” This helps to explain why the typical citizen continues to sacrifice and not benefit for years and years, while those in charge continue to benefit and not suffer for years and years.

The “for the common good” argument is a poison that weakens every society that endorses such foolishness. Society must develop an antidote for this toxic argument, less it continue to weaken and decay the nation. This will only occur if we have a government that respects the rights of the individual. No person or group of people should be allowed to tell another individual that they must dance for someone else’s benefit. We must agree that everyone has equal rights, and no one should be forced to act against their own self-interests. Is it fair to take money away from one person to give to another? Who decides who should have what? When does a person have too much and another not enough? The only way to make sure a person does not suffer from the myth of “the greater good” is to say that everyone has equal rights and it is never right to forcibly take from one person to give to another.

All that being said, the New Voice For Politics’ Marketing Department still strongly believes that the reader should forward, retweet, and share this article with all of their friends through email, Twitter, and Facebook. The reader should not do this for the benefit of others, but for their own sake. If everyone is taught how the “greater good” harms others, we can through our united action prevent others from using the “greater good” to harm us all.

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