Monday, May 30, 2005

Spock was a commie…

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
— Mr. Spock, The Wrath of Khan, in his dying moments when dramatic platitudes outweigh the need for rational individualism.

Expropriation is a government's act of seizing property owned by a private party without that party's consent under the authority of a law, while paying compensation to the former owner. Any government has the right to seize such property, according to international law, if prompt and adequate compensation is given.
— The London Free Press
According to the London Free Press, Oxford County is attempting to expropriate land occupied by the Blandford Square Mall near Woodstock to assemble a serviced land parcel to entice a $600-million Toyota assembly plant, which may employ 1,500 to 2,000 people, to the area. But the owner is asking $16 million for the 40-hectare site, while the county has offered more than $2 million.
If the county attempts to expropriate the land, Chetti said he will fight the move in court — which will delay the assembly and threaten the area's chances of landing the assembly plant.
What are Oxford County's motives for suppressing the sanctity of private property and the speculative ambitions that help fuel the free market and provide benefits to citizens who enjoy an environment that protects them? Increased property assessments and tax revenue? Only as an aside — the publicly stated reason is the public good, the 1500 to 2000 jobs that will be created.

So, what good will be accomplished by this substitution of undefinable and arbitrary public interests for the rational and objective interests of private property owners? An accommodation of theft and arbitrary government dictates, that's what, which surely affects those workers as much as it does everyone else. It's not as if Toyota isn't going to build a plant somewhere.


Publius said...

Yes, but you forgot the lessons of Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, whose entire plot, and concluding lines, were based on exactly the opposite premises. Also, as I am sure you are aware Spock transfered his conciousness over to Bones before he entered the chamber. The line can be interpreted both as a paen to collectivism and as a defense of individualism.

MapMaster said...

Dramatic license, that's all. It is most likely to be interpreted as a defense of individualism simply because Spock made the individual choice to sacrifice his life for others without being asked or compelled to. But it's still a crappy line.

gm said...

Normal rules do not apply in an emergency. It is perfectly acceptable to "sacrifice" your life in such a case. Remember he was also saving the crew in a time of war.

MapMaster said...

You people forget that Spock lived in a Vulcan society with mind-meld and various collectivist traditions like their ridiculous mating rituals. Maybe he's been slightly disinfected by contact with humans, I'll grant. Individualism is the beautiful gift of man's existential crisis.