Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Politics And Free Markets...........

Politics And Free Markets

The very first votes of the 2016 presidential election season were cast last week in the Iowa caucuses. This is supposed to fill us with happy thoughts about self-government, civic virtue, rational deliberation, and about politics as the way the people's will is put into effect.

But to the contrary, we should spurn what the establishment would have us celebrate. Politics operates according to principles that would horrify us if we observed them in our private lives, and that would get us arrested if we tried to live by them. The state can steal and call it taxation, kidnap and call it conscription, kill and call it war.

The political class has completely disrupted the American structure of production, made American workers uncompetitive, snuffed the life out of entrepreneurs, and burdened the entire nation with a debt obligation the size of Jupiter.

And yet we are taught to fear capitalism, of all things.

But what, after all, are capitalism and the free market? They are nothing more than the sum total of voluntary exchanges in society.

When we engage in a voluntary exchange — when I buy apples for $5, or when you hire someone for $25 per hour — both sides are better off than they would have been in the absence of the exchange.

We can't say the same for our interactions with the state, since we pay the state under threat of violence. The state sure winds up better off, though. That's for sure. !!!!!

Business firms that increase their profits thanks to some new innovation cannot rest on their laurels. Other firms will adopt the innovation themselves, and those abnormally high profits will dissipate. The original firm must continue to press forward, striving to devise still newer ways to please their fellow men.

The state operates under no such conditions. It can remain as backward as it likes. Other firms are typically prohibited from competing with it.

The state's priorities and agendas 
arbitrarily override your own. Ethanol "is important for the farmers," one candidate says. So because the state has decided some interest group's foolish and economically nonsensical pet project is "important," what you yourself would have preferred to do with your money is simply set aside and ignored, and you are forced to subsidize what the state seeks to privilege.

Our schools and media portray corporations as sinister, and government as benign. But who wouldn't rather take a sales call from Norwegian Cruise Line than an audit demand from the Internal Revenue Service?

Or imagine if a corporation fabricated a web of untruths, used them as a pretext to launch a violent attack on a people that had never caused Americans any harm, and brought about as many as a million deaths and millions more internal and external refugees. That corporation would be broken up and never heard from again. It would be denounced ceaselessly until the end of time.

Now all those things did happen, but they were carried out by the state. And as we all know, there have been no repercussions for anyone. No one has been punished. In fact, the perpetrators earn six-figure speaking fees. 

The whole thing is shrugged off as at worst an honest mistake. Some people are still outraged about it, but even they seem to take for granted that there's really nothing that can be done about behavior like this on the part of the American regime.

Imagine
 there were a corporation that was somehow so entrenched that despite being responsible for a staggering death toll, it evaded all responsibility and simply carried on as before. The outrage would be deafening and overwhelming.

But so relentless has been the propaganda, ever since all of us were children, about the state's benign nature that many people simply cannot bring themselves to think as badly about the state as they have been taught to think about corporations — even though the crimes of the state put to shame all the misdeeds of all existing corporations put together. 
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Today free speech and truth have become a four-letter words  - profane, obscene, uncouth, not to be uttered in so-called public places - but in more and more cases, the government deems free speech to be downright dangerous and in some instances illegal. The truth is an unwelcome step child at best.

The U.S. government has become particularly intolerant of speech that challenges the government's power, reveals the government's corruption, exposes the government's lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government's many injustices.

Indeed, there is a long and growing list of the kinds of speech that the government considers dangerous enough to red flag and subject to censorship, surveillance, investigation and prosecution: hate speech, bullying speech, intolerant speech, conspiratorial speech, treasonous speech, threatening speech, incendiary speech, inflammatory speech, radical speech, anti-government speech, right-wing speech, extremist speech, etc.

Yet by allowing the government to whittle away at cherished First Amendment freedoms - which form the backbone of the Bill of Rights - we have evolved into a society that would not only be abhorrent to the founders of this country but would be hostile to the words they used to birth this nation.

What we're dealing with today is a government that wants to suppress dangerous words and truth —words about its warring empire, words about its land grabs, words about its militarized police, words about its killing, its poisoning and its corruption—in order to keep its lies going.

Meanwhile, opponents of the state are routinely portrayed as incorrigible misanthropes, when in fact, in light of the state's true nature, we are mankind's greatest advocates.

The market brings people together. People of divergent and sometimes antagonistic racial, religious, and philosophical backgrounds are happy to trade with one another. Beyond that, the international division of labor as it exists today is the greatest and most extraordinary example of human cooperation in the history of the world. Countless firms produce countless intermediate goods that eventually combine to become finished consumer products. And the entire structure of production, in all its complexity, is aimed at satisfying consumer preferences as effectively as possible.

The state, on the other hand, pits us against each other. If one of us wins a state favor, it comes at the expense of everyone else. For one group to be benefited, another must first be expropriated. At one time or another the state has pitted the old against the young, blacks against whites, the poor against the rich, the industrialists against agriculture, women against men. Meanwhile, all the anti-social effort devoted to extracting favors from the state is effort that is not available to produce goods and services and increase the general prosperity.

The market is about anticipating the needs of our fellow men and exerting ourselves to meet those needs in the most cost-effective manner — in other words, by wasting the fewest possible resources, and making what we offer as affordable as we can for those we serve.

Ah, but we need the state, virtually everyone tells us. Whether it's "monopoly," or drugs, the bad guys overseas, or the scores of other bogeymen the state uses to justify itself, we're constantly being reminded of why the state is supposed to be indispensable. To be sure, these and other rationales for the state sound plausible enough, which is why the state and its apologists use them. 

But the first halting steps toward intellectual liberation come when someone considers the possibility that the truth about these things might be different from what he hears on TV, or learned in school.

The small minority of people who administer the state with funds expropriated by the productive private sector need to justify this situation, lest the public become restless or entertain subversive ideas about the real relationship between the state and themselves. And this is where the state's various platitudes about the people governing themselves, or taxation being voluntary, or government employees being the servants of the people, enter the picture.

Think for a moment just about this last claim: that government employees are our servants. These people staff an institution that decides how much of our income and wealth to expropriate in order to fund itself. They will imprison us if we do not pay. And we are to believe that these people are our servants? !!!!!

For those not gullible enough to fall for such a transparent canard, the rationales become mildly more sophisticated. All right, all right, the state may say, it's not quite right to say that the people govern themselves. But, they hasten to add, we can offer the next best thing: the people will be represented 
by individuals chosen from among them.

As Gerard Casey has argued, though, the idea of political representation is not meaningful. When an agent represents a business owner in a negotiation, he ensures that the owner's interests are pursued. If the owner's interests are defended only weakly, ignored, or downright defied, the owner chooses different representation.

None of this bears any resemblance to political representation. Here, a so-called representative is chosen by some people but actively opposed by others. Yet he is said to "represent" all of them. But how can this be, when he can't possibly know them all, and even if he did, he'd discover they have mutually exclusive views and priorities?

Even if we focus entirely on those people who did vote for the representative, is their vote supposed to imply consent to his every decision? Some of them may have voted for him not for his positions or merits, but simply because he was less bad than the alternative. Others may have chosen him for one or two of his stances, but may be indifferent or hostile on everything else. How can even these people — who actually voted for the representative — seriously be said to be "represented" by him?

But the idea of political representation, while meaningless, is not without its usefulness to the modern state. It helps to conceal the brute fact that, despite all the talk about "popular rule" and "governing ourselves," even the "free societies" of the West amount to some people ruling, and others being ruled.

When the results are announced this primary season amid cheers and celebration, then, remember what it all represents: the triumph of compulsion over cooperation, coercion over freedom, and propaganda over truth.

The civics textbooks may write with breathless awe about the American political system, but this is by far the worst thing about the US. Rather than celebrate the anti-social world of politics, let us raise a glass to the anti-politics of the free market, which has yielded more wealth and prosperity through peace and cooperation than the state and its politicians could with all the coercion in the world. Sadly, these very same politicians are destroying the free market, at this point there is not much of the free market left. Worse, without a very serious crisis / collapse, the free market is not coming back.

THE GOOD THING IN THIS CESSPOOL CALLED POLITICS IS THAT UPON THE COMING COLLAPSE ALL OUR INCOMPETENT ELECTED EMPERORS WILL BE FOUND TO BE NAKED FOR EVERMORE AND THE POINT OF VIEW ABOVE WILL BECOME ACCEPTED COMMON KNOWLEDGE TO MOST FAR AND WIDE. IT WILL BE EXTREMELY PAINFUL FOR ALL CONCERNED. THE CURRENT FAILED SYSTEM AND POWER STRUCTURE WILL OF COURSE RESIST FOR AS LONG AND IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. BUT WILL FAIL SIMPLY AND CERTAINLY BECAUSE AT THIS POINT BAD DEBT HAS REPLACED PRODUCTIVE INVESTMENT ON A SCALE THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE SUSTAINED ESPECIALLY IN THE LAWLESS AND CORRUPT ENVIRONMENT THAT OUR SO CALLED LEADERS HAVE CREATED, AND ALLOWED TO FLOURISH UNABATED PRIMARILY TO ENRICH THEMSELVES AND THEIR FRIENDS WITH LITTLE OR NO REGARD FOR THEIR CIVIL AND FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES OR MORAL DUTY TO "WE THE PEOPLE".

I SAW A BUMPER STICKER RECENTLY THAT SPEAKS TO MUCH OF THIS VERY SUCCINCTLY, IT SAID:

LEGALIZE THE CONSTITUTION

THAT WOULD BE A GREAT START. IT WOULD ALSO BE WISE TO MAKE OUR GOVERNMENT MUCH SMALLER, I'M TALKING BY HALF TO TWO THIRDS, AND REDUCE THE FEDERAL REGULATORY FUNCTION BY A HUGE AMOUNT.

OUR GOVERNMENT IN ALMOST EVERY CASE IS INCOMPETENT, INEFFICIENT, DISHONEST, UNFAIR AND DARE I SAY AT THIS POINT,EVIL COMPARED TO THE IDEAL THAT MOST AMERICANS HOPE FOR AND EXPECT. THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT TO AMERICANS IS THEIR GOVERNMENT. SADLY, CURRENT TRENDS AND HISTORICAL PRECEDENT SUGGEST THAT THINGS ARE GOING TO GET MUCH WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BETTER.

JUST LOOK AT THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

IN THE TOP THREE SPOTS WE HAVE, A GREEDY BOMBASTIC EGOMANIAC, A DELUSIONAL SOCIALIST PHILOSOPHER AND A USELESS LYING CRIMINAL BITCH! I MAKE NO APOLOGIES FOR THESE DESCRIPTORS, IN FACT THEY ARE FAR TOO GENEROUS IN EACH CASE. THE POINT IS THAT IF YOU WANT TO BE HOPEFUL OR OPTIMISTIC GOING FORWARD ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR ONCE GREAT NATION, YOU HAVE FEW FACTS AND LITTLE REASON WITH WHICH TO SUPPORT THAT POINT OF VIEW, ALMOST NONE! 

SADLY, I BELIEVE MOST AMERICANS WILL TRY TO REMAIN HOPEFUL AND OPTIMISTIC, THEY WANT TO BELIEVE THE LIES, AT THE EXPENSE OF UNDERSTANDING THE MAGNITUDE, SCOPE AND SEVERITY OF OUR CURRENT SITUATION, IT IS JUST TO UNCOMFORTABLE TO DO OTHERWISE. OUR PROBLEMS CAN'T AND WON'T BE SOLVED UNTIL WE REALIZE AND ADMIT WHERE WE ARE AND WE ARE NOWHERE NEAR TO DOING THAT.

What we are witnessing is a nation undergoing a nervous breakdown over this growing tension between our increasingly untenable reality and the lies being perpetrated by a government that has grown too power-hungry, egotistical, militaristic and disconnected from its revolutionary birthright.

Lies are always misrepresentations of reality, and reality always wins. The US government rests on an inherently unstable foundation of whoppers - big lies so huge they would make big lie proponent Adolf Hitler blush.

The only therapy is the truth and nothing but the truth.

A tyranny imposed for our own good is the worst form of tyranny because it is a tyranny without limits.

As the insightful and brash comedian George Carlin observed:

"Rights aren't rights if someone can take them away. They're privileges. That's all we've ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government does not give a f**k about them! The government doesn't care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety. It simply does not give a f**k about you! It's interested in its own power. That's the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible."


HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!

AMERICA NEEDS TO WAKE UP, FAST!

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