> There is nothing preventing you from picking up your belongings and moving to some other country more to your liking.
Hmm, some people would like to live by their own rules on their land. If the country doesn't like it, why doesn't the country pick up and move to land it actually owns (and did not steal from someone else) or where the country is more to people's liking?
If a person (instead of a group of people) were doing the bullying, would your first suggestion be that the victim pick up and leave? I would think that maybe you would feel for them and try to change the situation for them? Maybe you would deride the bully and even stand up for the victim? It sounds like you believe people should be happy with being bullied and never wish for a better environment, and if they do, that they are ungrateful.
> Governments by and large are accepted by people because they solve actual problems.
That is one possibility, I can think of many other possibilities. Perhaps it is habit, perhaps it is lack of imagination, perhaps it is acceptance of the status quo. Perhaps they are not accepted but are simply too strong to beat. Perhaps it is like evolution, survival of the fittest, the strong just get stronger and dominate the weak. I think both of us are just guessing.
> Infrastructure simply doesn't get built out of the goodness of people hearts.
Ironic that you should feel that way on a site for free software. :)
Surely, there are more than 2 ways of this being accomplished, no?
a) goodness of heart
> Taxation is actually an extremely efficient way of paying for the million and one things the government does.
Yes, theft if very efficient. Hardly ethical though.
Not to mention that a large portion of those million and one things includes many things I wish they never did... fighting wars, enforcing horrible laws: copyright and patents..., creating/upholding monopolies, imprisoning people unjustly, supporting foreign dictators, being the largest polluters... I suspect that you would disapprove of some of them too.
Sadly many of those things tend to be the most expensive too. Eliminate them and perhaps one of the many less efficient ways than theft could fund the remaining ones we care about?
> ISTM the corporations are screwing you over far harder than the government ever will.
Funny, I can't think of anything else put together, corporations, sleezy salesmen, thieves, foreign dictators... that steal 30% of my income yearly.
Lots of people are evil, yes. But your claim is bold. What is your rationale? What is your evidence for this claim?