The discussion around people being forced to support the BBC just to have the right to operate a TV was, I think, interesting and healthy (though I started it somewhat accidentally).
I simply couldn’t understand how otherwise presumably intelligent people would fail so simple a proposition as this:
If government says you cannot even have a TV if you don’t support some approved broadcasting service, that IS coercion.
Now, as a Canadian who has received about 500 extreme weather warnings since I moved to Ottawa, I would hardly object to a minimum charge to defray the cost of warning residents against letting the main drain bust. Or flash freezing their buns. A basic, specific EMS-type service.
But the Brit-style compulsory TV service, BBC, could be fronting women’s rights—or Islamic terror.
And Brits who object are to spend their lives arguing with paid-off toffs about it— as opposed to working?
Many of us are well past caring. Readers, it is revealing that so many Darwinistas cannot figure this out: We just don’t want to pay taxes to support it any more!
By the way, why exactly do pollsters in North America simper their surprise (so awful! so awful!) that so few here believe Darwin’s followers?
Who the heck should believe any of them?
Do these pollsters need to suck up to Europeans whose polled populations are presumably more docile?
Europeans pay all the fees without asking, right? Which makes them way smarter than us? Oh sure.
Barry Arrington summarized it here, in my view: He praised someone for understanding that when the government forces someone to pay a tax to operate a media service they hate, in order to have even the right to a working TV, that is coercion.
Of course it is. What if the government said that in order to have a telephone service, I must agree to a party line with Islamic terror? (head chopping, amputations as punishment, mutilations of girls).
Alternatively, I could otherwise spend the next five years arguing with “independent” toffs about whether supporting those people is a bad thing?
Simple solution, as above: We do not have an established church and we do not have established media.
Not a solution to all our problems but a good start.