YeeWo wrote:Have you Any Idea whatsoever how petrifyingly authoritarian your words sound?NeilW wrote:Of course, we can do better than give money to Fat Cats. We could have hired the unemployed for example, given them to local authorities and got the local authorities to use those people to do something useful for their money. The circulation effects would be the same, but the real output would be higher.Do the words "Arbeit macht frei" mean anything to you? People shouldn't be rounded-up and placed at the control of shambolic bureaucrats. Local Authorities struggle to competently provide roads, schools and refuse collection. Government needs to do as much pump-priming as is possible to allow free enterprise to adapt to the catastrophe we are all enduring. Adam Smith and John James Cowperthwaite will drag us out of this mess, Karl Marx or Adolf Hitler should hold no appeal whatsoever to free people.NeilW wrote: We could have hired the unemployed for example, given them to local authorities to use those people to do something useful .
You've invoked Godwin's Law, therefore according to the usual maxim on the Internet, you've already lost the argument.
I don't think NeilW's post was authoritarian, as the unemployed were going to be hired and therefore given pay. How is that different to a big employer putting out 1000 job adverts with full pay + pension + benefits?
Edited to add: NeilW didn't say the unemployed would be rounded up, those were your words only.