Friday, October 15, 2010

The 34th Miner

"And they all say this: 'We were not 33, we were 34 because Jesus Christ was with us down there,'" said Father Alfredo Cooper, chaplain to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera — Chile: chaplain says miners were 'gripped by faith'.

Other reports on the religious dimensions of the story — Rescue of Chilean Miners Coincides with Anniversary of Fatima Apparition; As miners are rescued, Chileans unite in prayer; Bishops of Chile thank God for successful rescue of miners; Mastermind of Chilean miner rescue looks to become deacon next year.

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

But was it right that the cost of their rescue should be taken from the taxpayers at gunpoint?

8:14 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The mining company had the responsibility to pull its men out. Aside from that, if taxes were only used for emergencies like this one, rather than for a Welfare-Warfare State, few would object.

8:52 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

"The mining company had the responsibility to pull its men out."

If the mining company acted responsibly according to accepted mining practices, then the responsibility, i.e. the burden, would not fall on it alone, but would in turn extend out to the entire community insofar as the mining company was unable to afford the burden.

Just as mining companies are expected not to treat their workers as mere autonomous entities so likewise is the local community expected not to treat the mining company as autonomous.

It's not a matter of paying for emergencies, but a matter of social cooperation within the community at large.

Further : All taxes are finally collected at gun point, as are all civil laws finally promulgated at gun point, no matter how trivial. So what? That doesn't change our nature as political animals.

9:24 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

All for community. But when the State usurps traditional community prerogatives through centralized tax-funded welfare schemes, communities wither. (Albert Jay Nock saw history as a struggle between State Power and Social Power.)

Some things, like national defense, may be the responsibility of the central government. Also, taxes need not be collected at gunpoint. For much of American history, they were voluntary.

10:36 PM  

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