I have ranted about some of these issues before.Â It always amuses me to see die hard capitalists demand price controls on the price of gas when it starts heading up. Today I am going to quickly throw in those who whine about gas prices while being fair weather supporters of democracy. Stereotypically we nail Americans with this attitude but these type of people exist in the majority of the population of every western country. I am absolutely for democracy but there are costs involved.
A lot of people are whining about the cost of gas for their cars going up quite dramatically in the last couple of weeks. Most of this increase is related to people of various countries trying to bring in democratic changes, most notably in Egypt and Libya. Yet no one seems to make this connection while filling up at the gas pump. They whine about the news of gas going up but are silent about the bloodied faces they see on TV. Those faces belonging to those fighting for democracy.
Quite frankly those who are standing at gas pumps crying over the increasing price of gas should shut the fuck up. They should be standing there thanking their lucky stars that they are not filling their cars up so they can run some of their rebel friends and family, who are fighting for democracy, up to the front lines to fight. In the process risking their own life and vehicle by being targeted by superior firepower of the other side along the way. Forget the fact that those rebels will mostly be coming home in body bags. Those few extra pennies one is paying for gas is the price of democracy. Unfortunately democracy is very expensive. Forcing dictators to share the wealth with their people is going to further increase the price of gas.
Want the price of gas to go down? Take the bus or ride your bicycle. As long as the demand for gas is inelastic you are going to see the price of democracy factored into it.
It is quite sickening to hear someone whine about the price of gas when they are not paying for it with their own blood. Next time you are filling up stand tall and be proud you can afford democracy and that your gas is not discounted on the back of others who live without democracy.