Ahh yes I hear what you're saying Selene and I totally agree except for ONE minor thing.
I've come to believe that cooperation and volunteering time and persuasion are more efficient than using the force of government, (with their police and guns and courts) in attaining the goal of providing for good living standards for any given society.
I mean COME ON think about it. Like, oh children and old people are going to fall over dead in the street unless government taxes us and gives it to other people. PUHHHLEEEZZZZZ.
We all INTUITIVELY know that government, with all it's red-tape and forms and bureaucracies, is the least effective means of achieving any goal and yet, AND YET, people want to espouse that if government didn't socially engineer the tax code or loop-rope us into a bankrupt retirement scheme that old people and children would be falling over dead in the streets. Give me a break!
Ok I'll shut up heh. Somebody take this soap box away from me!