When I say "government job," I don't mean police officers, elected officials, or soldiers in the army. What I mean by government job includes working at the DMV, working for the Water Dept., etc., where they essentially do nothing, work for a certain number of years, and collect a pension for life. Is that wrong on Objectivist terms?
I ask because, once again, my mom tells me to get one of these jobs because she doesn't believe I'll ever be a successful person. I say "no" because I don't want to be a burden on the taxpayer, and I'm told I'm being stupid. I want to work in the private sector, and my family, not just my mom, is telling me what to do.
asked Feb 12 '12 at 18:24
Sooner or later, a psychologist might say to this questioner:
Assuming that the issue of accepting a government job really is the questioner's main concern, refer to Ayn Rand's article, "The Question of Scholarships," republished in her book, The Voice of Reason, Chap. 7. Portions of that article are excerpted in The Ayn Rand Lexicon, but the article also discusses government jobs as well as government scholarships and grants. Here are the key highlights from the discussion of government jobs:
4. The same moral principles and considerations apply to the issue of taking government jobs.(Sections 1 through 3 in the article discuss scholarships and government research grants. The "etc." probably also includes working as a tax law enforcer, except when or if the tax system is officially changed and one's job is to reform it accordingly.)
answered Feb 12 '12 at 20:48
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