Reflections on a House Divided

Blind Justice:
Reflections on "Monetary Discrimination"

1. An email sent to friends and acquaintances
As a blind person I can honestly say that I feel much better when
people give me stacks of gold coins and bars. They feel real good and
make really neat noises when I - obsessively - play with them. Jewels
are ok too, but not quite as much a source of shear delight.
The judge should also be credited with realizing how much stress is
involved in using strong magnifiers to determine the denominations of
paper bills (or the aid of a friend or family member if one has no
vision at all - the case with about 15% of people considered to be
medically/legally blind), and then sorting/folding them in some sensible order so as to be able to handle them quickly and easily in
public. Dangerous as well - paper cuts are always a possibility. And,
then there is the terrible chance that one may be using a strong
> magnifier - unknowingly - in the presence of intense sunlight, and
catch fire in consequence. One shudders to think.

Kudos to the judge, then!
One more step along the road to TD (Total Dependency), and one that
raises quiet hopes that even more goodies will be coming down the pike
 - and soon!
Amongst which may even be that which I've fought so hard for these many
years -
Seeing-Eye Supermodels!

2. Excerpt from a message to a friend
Thanks for your reply.
Much of the trouble with this kind of thing results from the nature of the
left-wing conception of moral obligation that is current in our culture. In
that conception obligations are assumed to be from "those who have" -
overall - to "those who don't have " - overall, that "those who don't have"
lack what-ever-it-is because they are "oppressed" by "those who have," and
that "those who have" do so because of reasons that are - at best - morally
unjustified - at worst - morally reprehensible. And therefore, "those who
have" have no real moral claim to their "excess," and thus there is no real
ethical limit to what might legitimately be demanded of them in order to
supply the wants of those-who-need. This, of course, is "Bravo Sierra", and
serves as a recipe for legalized theft and zealotry of the worse kinds.

The idea of social welfare expressed in the Talmud is much closer to that
compatible with those of Jeffersonian Democracy. To wit, moral obligations
are mutual - a "person of means" in a particular difficulty has as much
claim on a "person without means" who is in a position to help them as visa
versa; those who need are obligated to (try to) obtain the level of independence they
are capable of; and there is no stigma on wealth gained honestly - and
without sacrifice of a persons duties as a citizen, and as a Jew.

(C) David Aronin 2006