Last week Michael Savage referred to Willard Romney as a “businessman.” No, Romney is not a businessman, he is a “political hack” who has been running for President since at least the early ’90s. And he is not a “capitalist,” either. No real capitalist would implement a whole new government bureaucracy to administer the health insurance of the people of an entire state, and no real capitalist would use the armed agents of government to force private individuals to have to buy health insurance. No real capitalist would raise taxes on businesses as Romney did in Massachusetts. I could go on and on about this socialist “businessman,” but I’ll just say that Romney does not believe in the sanctity of private property and voluntary exchange, voluntary contracts and freedom of association.
Yesterday on the radio AM 1200 in Boston replayed one of Glenn Beck’s shows, probably from the previous week. Beck referred to the federal land grabs of farmers, mainly in red states. And he used the phrase, “I will not comply.” I thought that might have been because he was reading my article on possible Obama martial law, or on disobeying dictators.
But I see on the Internet that Beck is referring to the progressives and their Soviet-like boot-stomping in forcing their governmental regulations and intrusions onto the rest of us as means of crushing “American Exceptionalism.” In the article I found on that, Beck seems to believe that it’s only two choices: Progressivism or Exceptionalism. But this “exceptionalism” to me is some sort of self-proclamation of Americans being better than everyone else, that we have some kind of special God-like superiority that foreigners don’t have.
But if America is so exceptional, and so better than others, then why have we allowed our government bureaucrats to start wars for no good reason? And just look at all the crazy things that Americans have made illegal, and how they have lost their common sense, and are increasingly characterized by loss of decency and morals. And it’s not only because of progressives. The progressive left have destroyed education in the government-controlled schools with their agenda of indecency and communist political indoctrination. But the federal government, supported by conservatives, has been actively stealing natural resources from foreign lands and wrecking foreign countries. To say that you believe that a certain group of people is “exceptional” is to say that you do not believe in moral values and that we are all equal under God. I guess that those who proclaim some sort of exceptional, special status on Earth above others would not see a problem with starting wars of aggression (as the two Bush presidents have criminally done), murdering hundreds of thousands of innocents and destroying lives, homes, businesses and infrastructure for no good reason and with impunity.
But in response to Beck’s discussion of the federal land grabs, and the new regulations that will hurt family farms, Beck mentioned it is specifically an attack on red state farms, and the reason is to crush resistance against more oppressive, Soviet-like federal land grabs. The Soviet Obama Administration craves power and control over the masses and they want control over our food production to help them get that control. Perhaps we should call him Premier Obama. (Or “Maobama.”)
According to Byran Caplan,
The most important fact to understand about the economics of communism is that communist revolutions triumphed only in heavily agricultural societies. Government ownership of the means of production could not, therefore, be achieved by expropriating a few industrialists. Lenin recognized that the government would have to seize the land of tens of millions of peasants, who surely would resist. He tried during the Russian Civil War (1918–1920), but retreated in the face of chaos and five million famine deaths. Lenin’s successor, Joseph Stalin, finished the job a decade later, sending millions of the more affluent peasants (“kulaks”) to Siberian slave labor camps to forestall organized resistance and starving the rest into submission.
The mechanism of Stalin’s “terror famine” was simple. Collectivization reduced total food production. The exiled kulaks had been the most advanced farmers, and after becoming state employees, the remaining peasants had little incentive to produce. But the government’s quotas drastically increased. The shortage came out of the peasants’ bellies.
Beck noted that the federal government “owns” too much land, and he is correct. That Leviathan acquired such land illegitimately in the first place and the bureaucrats who rule over us have no moral claim on said “federal” lands.
I have suggested this in the past, but here it is again. What the people of the states must do is seize all “federally-owned” lands in their states, and sell the land to the highest bidder. But leave privately-owned land alone. We need to go the other way of what federal (and state) government bureaucrats have done to America in their communizing so much of the territory. The more privately-owned land there is, the more freedom we will have, and the more efficient farming and other forms of production will be.
As far as the freedom aspect of that is concerned, private property owners can’t have any kind of legally-sanctioned officialdom and armed police or military agents to go over and criminally assault, kidnap or cage you for no good reason. Only government people have the power to do those things, power that even they shouldn’t have.