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It's Free
Self ^ | January 18, 2014 | Artful Dilettante

Posted on 01/18/2014 9:03:42 PM PST by huckfillary

One of the most misused words in the English language is “free,” as in “it’s free.” Whether it’s the free samples of stuff at Costco, or the free pens and refrigerator magnets they give away at your local bank or car dealership, or the free hip replacement your mother-in-law just received, we use the term freely, so to speak, without ever considering it’s true meaning. When we say “it’s free,” what we really mean is that someone else is paying for it—voluntarily or involuntarily. And this is a very important distinction. Because one is morally defensible, while the other is not. One involves a clear violation of private property rights, enshrined in the Seventh Commandment, while the other does not. The Seventh Commandment states, “Thou Shalt Not Steal Thy Neighbor’s Goods.” This is the clearest affirmation of private property rights ever handed down. By The Man Himself. And it’s etched in stone. You can’t take someone else’s things, period. And just because you take something from someone and turn around and give it to someone you believe is deserving doesn’t justify it either. The Seventh Commandment is everything the Good Lord ever had to say about “social justice,”–about what is mine and what is thine.

The free samples of some new pineapple/anchovy salsa being handed out by the nice ladies in latex gloves at Costco are not really free. They are either being paid for by Costco, or the company that makes those dreadful concoctions. So while Costco is erroneously saying, “Try these free samples,” what they really should be saying is, “Try one of these dreadful concoctions that we or the producer are paying for.” The same with the pens and refrigerator magnets at your local bank or car dealership. And the customers are likewise incorrect when they proudly tell their spouses, “The pens were free, Honey.”

But, while the merchants and customers are misusing the word free in these examples, if only because it’s convenient, the actions in both cases are not immoral. Neither action involves breaking the Seventh Commandment nor anyone’s private property rights. Both the salsa and the pens and refrigerator magnets are owned by the parties giving them away. The owners can dispose of them as they wish. But, in any event, they are not free. Someone had to pay for them.

In the case of your mother-in-law’s hip replacement, it is neither free nor morally acquired. The new hip wasn’t free; it was clearly paid for by somebody else, in this case the taxpayer. And it was not morally acquired, since it involved a breach of the Seventh Commandment and private property rights. The money to pay for her new hip came out of her neighbor’s pocket, the very party the Seventh Commandment was designed to protect. The money to pay for the hip was taken from her neighbor by a third party, an intermediary we customarily call the government. Third Party intervention, however, does not legitimize the violation of the Seventh Commandment nor the very private property rights protected by the Seventh Commandment. If a highwayman robs you at gun-point and tells you they are going to give all your money to the needy, it doesn’t make it right. It’s still a violation of that pesky Seventh Commandment.

Both the hip replacement and the act of that thoughtful highwayman involve a breach of the Seventh Commandment and the private property rights protected by the Seventh Commandment. In either case, the ends do not justify the means. Nor is the hip replacement free. But if you ask your mother-in-law how much she had to pay for the hip replacement, she would in all likelihood and without a second thought say, “It was free.” What she really should have said was, “My neighbor paid for it, and they didn’t even ask him for permission.”

So the next time you’re about to casually say, “It’s free,” think again. Because, rightly or wrongly, it really means someone else is paying for it.

The Artful Dilettante


TOPICS: FReeper Editorial; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: freestuff; obamacare

1 posted on 01/18/2014 9:03:42 PM PST by huckfillary
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To: huckfillary

I still like Free Parking and believe Free Parking is one of the stalwart pillars of the American Economy.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 9:08:50 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: huckfillary; Gilbo_3
RE :”In the case of your mother-in-law’s hip replacement, it is neither free nor morally acquired. The new hip wasn’t free; it was clearly paid for by somebody else, in this case the taxpayer. And it was not morally acquired, since it involved a breach of the Seventh Commandment and private property rights. The money to pay for her new hip came out of her neighbor’s pocket, the very party the Seventh Commandment was designed to protect. The money to pay for the hip was taken from her neighbor by a third party, an intermediary we customarily call the government. Third Party intervention, however, does not legitimize the violation of the Seventh Commandment nor the very private property rights protected by the Seventh Commandment. If a highwayman robs you at gun-point and tells you they are going to give all your money to the needy, it doesn’t make it right. It’s still a violation of that pesky Seventh Commandment. “

Hold your horses. Don't be messin with my medicare,
I am due for another ‘free’ electric wheelchair.

It not YOUR $$$. It's mine. I paid in.

It comes from the 'trust' fund.

3 posted on 01/18/2014 9:10:52 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: huckfillary
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4 posted on 01/18/2014 9:11:26 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: huckfillary

I AM
FREE


5 posted on 01/18/2014 9:18:13 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: ETL

Thanks for the popularity update on Massa’ Obama’s Plantation.

Who knew that a Black man would be the owner of the largest Welfare Plantation ever?


6 posted on 01/18/2014 9:18:43 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Paladin2
I still like Free Parking....

Yeah, well someone else payed for the lot, right?

7 posted on 01/18/2014 9:26:19 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: huckfillary

“It’s a free country”...


8 posted on 01/18/2014 9:28:51 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: huckfillary

Every late-night huckster on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory talks about “free energy” but is clueless as to its actual meaning.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 9:39:18 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Bullish
payed ?
10 posted on 01/18/2014 9:44:23 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Lol. It IS saturday night, you know. :)


11 posted on 01/18/2014 10:08:41 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: huckfillary

We used to give away free encyclopedias, all you were asked to do was to keep them updated for ten years, at a nominal cost, about a cup of coffee a day.............


12 posted on 01/18/2014 10:09:17 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: huckfillary

Great! Just great!

“Free shipping” would be a good example, also internet purchases ‘free’ of taxation.
TANSTAAFL!


13 posted on 01/18/2014 10:17:06 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: huckfillary

“It’s free! Swipe your EBT.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqTO4C6Kl3c


14 posted on 01/18/2014 10:23:34 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Bullish

Yeah, well it’s late.


15 posted on 01/18/2014 10:29:14 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: BenLurkin

That vid is disgusting.


16 posted on 01/18/2014 11:08:31 PM PST by rdb3 (Drive for show, putt for dough. No wonder why I stayed broke on the links!)
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To: rdb3

It is but make sure you understand the intent of the video. They are exposing the scam and mocking the players.


17 posted on 01/18/2014 11:21:43 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Eagles6

I thought they were bragging about it.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 11:38:11 PM PST by rdb3 (Drive for show, putt for dough. No wonder why I stayed broke on the links!)
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To: rdb3

I did too, first time I saw it. Watch it again and listen to the lyrics.


19 posted on 01/18/2014 11:57:15 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: huckfillary
That's why I've always preferred the term "complimentary," as in "complimentary cocktails upon your arrival at the hotel." It just sounds more gracious, I think.

Regards,

20 posted on 01/19/2014 2:48:11 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: alexander_busek

One of my pet peeves is the term “free gift.” Whenever someone offers me a free gift, I ask, “What other kind of gift is there?”


21 posted on 01/19/2014 3:01:44 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: Bullish

“I still like Free Parking....
Yeah, well someone else payed for the lot, right?”

There used to be a lot of stores in downtown Tampa. I think there was always a parking meter, but the cost was a nickel or a dime. The price kept going up. Now there are no stores. Why would you pay $1.75 and then have to worry and watch the clock and maybe get a ticket? The mall parking is “free.” The difference is the city owns the streets and rather than take their cut just from taxes or fees they want a cut from the customer’s too. But the mall or the strip store is private and they make it convenient by putting the charge in the rent.


22 posted on 01/19/2014 3:47:21 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Yes, he wrote “payed.” Where were these people in English class? Just imagine, these people can read many books, articles, etc. and yet does not notice that the word is spelled “paid.” Damn.

Even the author of the piece has no concept of the spelling of “its” as a possessive pronoun and “it’s” as the contraction of “it” and “is.” This is something that I refer to in my tagline...to no avail.


23 posted on 01/19/2014 3:54:06 AM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: OldPossum

Oops, I made a boo-boo. The “does” in the first sentence is superfluous.


24 posted on 01/19/2014 4:00:29 AM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: sickoflibs

25 posted on 01/19/2014 4:01:45 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: huckfillary

Can you think of anything, other than non-compressed air, that is free?


26 posted on 01/19/2014 4:06:20 AM PST by punchamullah
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To: Bullish

They often pay property taxes, have to install and maintain the pavement, remove snow and police it too.


27 posted on 01/19/2014 6:15:43 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: null and void

“It’s a free country”
Used to be...


28 posted on 01/19/2014 8:06:18 AM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: sickoflibs

“I am due for another ‘free’ electric wheelchair.”

You don’t get a free wheelchair from medicare. You pay 20% which ends up being more than it would cost if it were sold on the open market.

Case in point, my spouse’s (manual) wheelchair was “paid for by medicare 20 years ago. It was $1200, of which she paid $240. A wheel chair at Harbor Freight is less than $60, twenty years later. Somebody stole a lot of money, but it wasn’t my spouse...


29 posted on 01/19/2014 8:18:23 AM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: N. Theknow
One of my pet peeves is the term “free gift.” Whenever someone offers me a free gift, I ask, “What other kind of gift is there?”

Well, a lot of so-called "gifts" have strings attached.

Regards,

30 posted on 01/19/2014 9:21:44 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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