Some of the claims in the article are untrue (70% of taxes going to the military) and others are just nuts (the government is going to lock the place down...they don’t want their “recruits” escaping. They don’t want YOU escaping)
However, let's take a look at the primary claim:
"You (Americans) have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin"
and some of the supporting claims
-less access to health care
-poorer diets (less healthy)
-Low quality food (more processed, more contamination, etc)
-More reliance on meds
-Less vacation time (more stress)
-Expensive education (starting life with high debt)
-Greater Debt Overall
-Higher Bankruptucy rates (see above on debts)
-Less freedom (drug tests, surveillence)
-Misinformed citizenry (Fox News, Right/Left wing media)
-An uneducated population
-etc, etc, etc.
I'd love to hear from anyone, but especially those of you who reside outside of America and can provide objective viewpoints.
"Arbitrary"? No, I don't think so. This is pretty much the end game of what you are asking for isn't it (minus the christian prayers)?
I cannot think of a more degraded and immoral way of life than that. How selfish and self-centered can any one person be.
The entire idea of helping others came from family groups to join together to make a stronger bond and work together and prosper. With talk like yours, the entire system fails from the ground up.
When you wish to take my money because you think you need it, you are being as selfish as I am. Selfishness is not bad. Neither is compassion, respect, sharing, giving, helping, philanthropy or charity, but forced sacrifice is bad.