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Re: Is sailboat ownership dying ( or at least sick)
To add fuel to this interesting discussion. Many citizens feel since FDR taxes have had as one of their primary goals attempt to influence behavior. Be that investment of capital, sin taxes, income redistribution, industrial or farming practices, consumption of nature resources such as water, or to address social inequities. They feel when stakeholders are at the table they are on the table as all elected representation do not have the skin in the game nor the life experience they do so are not representative of their or the end users interests. . So you get a skilled marketer and a career policitian where neither have any interest but their own expanding egos.
In response the public at large has lost the sense of "tribe" as used by Sabastian Junger. Watching others game the system for personal reward to survive they do the same. A logical abet unfortunate result. Given its approached as a game in which they have little or no influence on the rules they feel dissociated.
Responses to date be they libertarian, progressive or conservative do not realistically address the increasing absence of doing a good days work because there is honor in work, not screwing the other guy because it's just not right, honoring basic human dignity. Their premise doesn't address the conflict between Hobbs and Rousseau. "What do you expect...I'm a businessman ". "I did nothing illegal". Both statements reprehensible as are both candidates. There is an absence of "tribe".
One of the delightful things about sailing and cruising is that sense of tribe often still exists. For that reason regardless of these larger economic and social issues I believe recreational sailing has a future.
Last edited by outbound; 05-31-2016 at 02:59 PM.