I got excoriated the other day because I made the suggestion, vis a vis Paris Accords, that we ought to tend to our own knitting first and not worry about what our neighbors think about the choices we make.
But, more broadly, in a world where individuals with sociopathic traits tend to rise to the top of the power and wealth metrics, and the truly altrustic seems to seek shelter serving others at charities and accept poverty as the reward, the best any nonsociopathic producer can do is accumulate as much gold (figuratively speaking) as they can to act as a buffer for when the sociopaths err, or even worse, succeed in figuring out a new means by which they can reroute your income and wealth into their personal bank accounts.
I can help far more people with a few percentage points of my own wealth than I can if I were to accept the higher taxation desired by said sociopaths, considering the government skims off 97% of every tax dollar for purposes other than helping the needy.
And they say that my outlook is selfish because I want lower taxes. Shit. It’s just the fucking opposite, but they haven’t the wit to realize it.