We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"People in the education and political establishments pretend they're not motivated by such "callous" motives as greed and profits. These people "care" about us, but from which areas of our lives do we derive the greatest pleasures and have the fewest complaints, and from which areas do we have the greatest headaches and complaints? We tend to have a high satisfaction level with goods and services like computers, cell phones, movies, clothing and supermarkets. These are areas where the motivations are greed and profits. Our greatest dissatisfaction is in areas of caring and no profit motive such as public education, postal services and politics. Give me greed and profits, and you can keep the caring."
Yep. With my intimates, I expect us both to operate on the basis of caring, without keeping tabs or driving hard bargains. With strangers, I expect to keep things business-like, with rare exceptions for emergencies. Open-ended caring doesn't work with strangers. All that happens is that you exhaust yourself meeting the limitless and undefinable needs of strangers while neglecting your comprehensible, feasible duties to your intimates, not to mention neglecting the limited duties you've undertaken to the people in between in your more business-like transactions. "Sorry, honey, I couldn't raise you properly because I was too business feeding the starving in India." "Sorry, sir, I won't be able to deliver on that contract for the same reason." Charity is what to do with what we've got left over after we've satisfied our duties.
That's why socialism works pretty well under your roof but impoverishes and degrades countries that try to apply it society-wide.