If you experienced some really bad things in Russia, I’m sorry for you. But don’t twist my words into something they are not.

I did not advocate socialism. I did not say that I would boycott or try to outlaw sharing companies. I did not say it’s wrong if these services are more efficient and benefit consumers. Nor do I have a problem with some smart guys who get rich with their idea.

I simply pointed out that these companies are not creating new wealth (increased GDP). They are simply redistributing existing wealth in a different direction (toward their pockets instead of some other corporation).

My argument was that Mr. Graham is whining about taxes and expecting special treatment because he claims to be performing some incredible public service. The fact is, he isn’t. He’s just profiting from our system like any other person with a good idea.

If you’re lucky enough to live in America, understand that we all enjoy something called the Commons (it’s mentioned in our Constitution). Our taxes pay for all the stuff which allows us to follow our dreams of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And guess what? All of those goods and services that are public financed are socialist.

Go ahead and try to hire your own private police force, fire fighters, and food and drug inspectors. Let’s see if you can pay for your own private transportation and communication network. And who is going to protect your business if some giant corporation steals your ideas, or sends a team of lawyers after you to shut you down because they’re afraid your idea is too good? Who is going to protect you if a foreign army invades your city? Who’s training the skilled workers for your startup? Are you personally paying for any of this sh*t? You have no idea what capitalism or socialism really are.

They’re just labels to inflame ignorant people.

We’ve got one of the best systems in the world, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t horrible market inefficiencies (just look at our health care system). We have to keep working to improve our system and part of that means that everybody (including corporations and millionaires who try to hide their profits in off-shore accounts) needs to pay their fair share.

I hope that clears up any misunderstanding.

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