I often find myself thinking about simple things, and how these things are distorted when envisioned en mass, or when more people are involved. For instance, the idea of personal property and trespassing is pretty straight-forward. I have my house; and if you decide to come into my house, and dig around in my pantry, drink my milk, take my keys, use my car and the gas inside of it without my knowledge or approval, the world will be on my side. Everyone that I tell this story will say, "Wow that's pretty fucked up, that person should not be allowed on your property, or at least should be held responsible for paying you back for the money you spent on all that stuff. You must have worked all week for the money to pay for those things."
The rare critical thinker might ask me how they got into the house. Did I leave the garage door open? Did I have a no trespassing sign up or did they enter by force? Good questions to be sure. However once accounted for, the simple principles of personal property stand firmly rooted. Those things which were stolen or used are the effects of my labor. I have earned these things and they should not be taken from me. If you find yourself in the "I agree with this" camp, then I am not surprised. You are a human person who hasn't completely lost his marbles, congrats.
Now let's zoom out one degree, to a neighborhood. The neighborhood is a collection of houses, all with their own personal property rights, exactly like the above example. If someone enters the neighborhood, no big deal right? It is when the person begins to take resources from the individual houses as a whole that he begins to disrupt the peace and violate the personal property rights of the individuals. Say he begins to siphon off electricity from each house little by little to support his own small shack on the side of the neighborhood. Because this man is taking just a little from everyone, viewpoints begins to shift. He is still stealing, only now he's stealing from everyone. It should be worse, however people are trained to flip a switch in the mind. I can see you now thinking to yourselves "Well, that's not so bad, one guy using a few resources from many, no big deal." But this is precisely where you need to step in and say, "No brain, don't you rationalize this you piece of shit. I have not given my consent to be stolen from."
If this man approached everyone in the neighborhood, and asked for a piece of the electricity, or offered a service for it, that would be different. That would be either charity, mutually accepted by both parties, or capitalism; a deal in which both parties think they are better off for having made said deal. But as it stands it is just stealing.
So the man turns to democracy. Ah democracy, majority rules. The true and honest system that never fails. How could it? It's a system that literally asks: "What do the most people want? OK let's do it." So the man surveys the neighborhood, and all of the people agree that what the majority wants should be done. He sees 10 houses. Six of the houses are about 1,500 square feet. Decent size, but not nearly as large as the other four. These four houses are much bigger, closer to 3,000 square feet and probably twice as expensive to operate. Well then, the man thinks, "If the other six homeowners agree that the four most expensive homeowners have to pay for their six homes to be enlarged to 3,000 square feet then the four must agree, for the majority has spoken." The simplicity is that even if the other six people are too honest to agree that this must be done, the neighborhood can be enlarged. The man brings in 25 of his closest buddies and now they all vote that the 10 people who live in the neighborhood must pay for all 25 of the new people to have homes of their own.
This is how democracy works. This is why voting should never be allowed to tell people what to do with their own resources. The bottom 50% will always vote to take from the top 50%. And once more than half of the people in a country are leeching off of the top 50% then the system fails and resets. It happens every time. All the time. It's happening in Venezuela right now, and it will happen in America too. Flip the switch in your mind, turn on thinking before it's too late.