By Tyler Bauer
I spend way too much time on Twitter, but occasionally it will provide me with something that actually makes me think. Twitter has also turned out to be a great source of content, and it is where I found the topic – and tweet – at hand.
I can’t believe there are people who believe stuff like this, but I feel like I have to break this down in an attempt to understand this tweet. Some ideas, such as this one, are too stupid to be understand, so I’ll just have to explain why Avery Edison is wrong.
“There’s nothing moral about work”
Admittedly, I guess this can be true. There is nothing inherently moral or immoral about work. There are moral and immoral kinds of work, however. Most forms of work are moral. Whether you’re waiting tables or performing brain surgery, most jobs are moral because they require you to help others by providing a good or service. I think it’s safe to say that helping others is a moral thing to do. Immoral forms of work are things like being a professional assassin or something crazy like that. So, work can be immoral in some cases (like the assassin), but I think work is generally moral. That’s the beauty of capitalism – you have to help others by providing goods or services in order to get rich. Jeff Bezos isn’t rich because he’s greedy. He’s rich because he makes our lives so much easier.
Although she didn’t actually say it, I think Avery Edison meant that being forced to work is immoral. I may be completely wrong because I’m reading into something that wasn’t written, but I think that was the statement she was trying (but failed) to make. I completely agree that being forced to work is immoral. That’s slavery. However, I think Avery Edison and I have very different concepts of what slavery actually is, because her ideology requires others to be slaves.
“You are have basic human rights to food, water, shelter, and health care (among other things)”
I’m just going to go ahead and ignore Avery Edison’s inability to form a sentence (“You are have”? Really?). Quite frankly, I think her writing skills are evident of the lack of intelligence people who hold these beliefs have.
You do not have a basic human right to food, water, shelter, or health care. To declare a basic human right to these things means that others will be forced to provide you with these goods and services, regardless of whether they want to. By this logic, if farmers don’t provide you with food (for free, of course!), they’re violating your human rights. This quite literally enslaves farmers by forcing them to serve others.
Similarly, if a utility company shuts your water off because you refuse to pay your bills, you could argue that they have violated your human rights. They haven’t, though – you’re just being a freeloader. Declaring water a human right enslaves the utility company by forcing them to give you water regardless of whether you pay for it and whether they want to serve you.
By now, you guys know what I’ll say about human rights to shelter and health care. Declaring these things human rights enslaves others to serve you. I have written on a human right to shelter and health care before, specifically in my analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s platform and in my analysis of Existential Comics’ tweet about human rights and property rights.
Food, water, shelter, and health care as human rights are all positive rights, meaning others would be forced to serve you. If you disagree with my analysis, answer this for me: How much of your labor is Avery Edison entitled to? Should you be forced to feed her, give her water, build and maintain her home, and keep her healthy? And if she shouldn’t be able to force you to do these things, should she be able to force anyone to do these things? Of course not!
“Whether or not you work”
I don’t think you should have to work. You should work, though. I’m more than willing to make exceptions for those who literally can’t work due to disabilities or whatnot, but the vast majority of the population doesn’t fall into this category. From the looks of it, Avery Edison – as well as seemingly everyone else that holds these socialist beliefs – is more than capable of working. The problem is that, like most socialists, she doesn’t want to work. If you don’t want to work, you don’t have to. Nobody is forcing you to work. However, don’t force others to provide for you just because you’re too lazy to earn things you want and need.
P.S. If you need proof that socialists are only socialists when it benefits them, look no further than Avery Edison’s Twitter bio. She says you can support her on Patreon or you can buy naked pictures of her for $10 (if you’re into that kind of thing). One would think that a real socialist wouldn’t ask others for money and would offer naked pictures for free because requiring payment is exploitation of the working class. However, like every other socialist, Avery Edison thinks you should be forced to pay her for goods and services you want, but she shouldn’t be forced to pay anyone for the goods and services she wants. After all, that’d be a violation of her human rights.