Jay wrote:Because you embrace mass bureaucracy and accept government involvement in your life without remark. The vast majority of us do not.
Ah but you do
Every political issue in America boils down to statism vs freedom.
If you say so. Lets look at 'statism vs freedom' in your area of expertise - building services.
The 'freedom' option:
Someone decides to put up a building. Embracing libertarianism and the right for everyone to make their own choices they don't install an HVAC system, allowing each occupant to install their own system just as they like it.
Bob in cubicle 4F fits an electric heater because he likes to be warm year round
Sharon in 3A installs a refrigerative cooling system as she's fat and can't take heat
Pablo in 2D is from south america and finds dry air dries his skin so he installs a humidifier
Olaf in 7G is from northern europe and likes lots of fresh air so he has his window wide open all year and enjoys the breeze across his desk
Jafari in 3B is descended from saharan africans and installs a dehumidiifier
Ken in 5E is ..... a wanker. Ken has shares in a coal company. Every Friday he opens all the windows cranks all the systems up to the max and lets them run all weekend.
Could you do the efficiency and running cost per square foot calculation for that scenario? Maybe you could but it would be a waste of time because 'obviously' no-one in their right mind would consider for a second creating a system like that.
The 'statist' option:
The building manager is tasked with defining the system parameters
A contractor designs and installs the system according to standard set down by government
The windows are all sealed shut and the building manager controls the system to suit everyone as far as is practicable, beyond that everyone has to compromise and accept not everyone can have what they want
Ken gets a warning over messing with the settings and is then fucking fired
So you see, in this, and in every other aspect of your life, you're very happy with the 'statist' solution. Its what you want, its what works best for you now, has worked well for you your whole life and is 'obviously' the right answer.
And yet when it comes to systems you have no knowledge or experience of you keep putting forward the 'freedom' solution, because you've read Ayn Rand and are now reading National Review articles written by 'trained singers'.
This all just makes you look like a dumbass and a hypocrite.