Secession of the Rich
The super-rich, the 1% of the 1%, can afford to finance Super PACs. They also can:
- Send their children to private schools.
- Live in gated communities.
- Afford personal medical care and avoid the constraints of HMOs, Medicare, and Medicaid.
They see no personal benefit from public services, so they see their taxes for naught. Since they don’t use them, they generally are against public support for schools, social services, and public health.
Of course, they overlook that the rule of law and the activity of citizenry is what makes their success possible. Public schools train their workers, law and order ensure that they don’t lose their life or wealth to the hoi polloi, and healthcare keeps the workers supporting leisure workers from infecting them with diseases.
The 1% ignore all the societal benefits that accrue to their position, since they don’t use them directly.
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Crime and Order Crime can be reduced by societal efforts.
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