The fact that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have private firefighters exposes a two-tiered system that provides essential services based on class, argues Alexis C. Madrigal of The Atlantic. Firefighters have long been seen as protectors of society as a whole. If one person’s home catches fire, this could spread to another one. However, budget cuts and ever-worsening wildfires due to global warming have made the rich resort to hiring private firefighters. What was once seen as a public good has now become a privilege. People should not need to fear their house burning down based on wealth. Society should ensure all houses are adequately protected from fire.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian employing private firefighters is a good thing, writes Brittany Hunter of The Foundation for Economic Education. Because of this, they managed to prevent their house from burning down, as well as the fire from spreading to other houses in the community. While it is tragic that public firefighters have struggled to bear the brunt of rising wildfires, the fact that private companies come in to help should be celebrated, not criticized. This sets an example for people to buy such insurance to protect their property from fires. When the government can’t solve a problem, private companies can offer much-needed solutions.