July 14, 2011
The Economic Collapse Blog has this post, 15 Examples That Show Many Americans Have Become So Desperate That They Will Do Just About Anything for Money. While the writer doesn’t note this, the reason that so many people are desperate for money is that everything that Washington has been doing, all the Congressional intrusions into private economic matters, all the thieving taxes, and all the Federal Reserve’s artificial manipulation of money and banking that distorts prices and causes inflation, and their effects: the subsequent business downsizing, business closings and all the unemployment — these are the main reasons why people are desperate.
The Economic Collapse Blog writer notes toward the end of that post that the “system is dying and society is coming apart,” and that the “only rational thing to do is to prepare for what is coming.” Well, no, I disagree, and believe that there actually is one “only rational” thing to do, and that is to recognize the inherently flawed nature of the centralized Washington Leviathan bureaucracy, and dismantle it, undo all the statist intrusions into our lives and property and businesses, and decentralize.
There are those who believe that such solutions are “extreme,” and entail “throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” but, don’t you think that constantly making laws upon laws and government programs upon government programs that don’t and won’t work (like Social Security, ObamaCare, DoddCare, MarkeyCare, etc.) is extreme? What about constantly invading, bombing and occupying foreign countries and murdering innocents and constantly provoking foreigners? Don’t you think that’s extreme?
Such a socialist system does nothing but impoverish the masses, as we are finding out, while the bureaucrats themselves get rich off the people’s labor. It’s as simple as that. It is a system of mass slavery. (Note how the territory immediately surrounding Washington DC is the richest in the country. Hmmm. I wonder why. But, as Emily Litella would say,”Never mind.”)
And as Future of Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger recently optimistically declared, what we need in order to solve the current crises is freedom!
That is, a way of life in which people are free to keep everything they earn (i.e., no income taxation), no economic regulations or restrictions (i.e., free enterprise), unlimited accumulation of capital, free trade and open immigration, no paper money, no central bank (i.e., Federal Reserve), no government welfare (including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid), no government debt, and no imperialist warfare state, foreign military adventures, foreign military bases, and domestic military-industrial complex.
So many people seem to be worried about the U.S. government’s default if the bureaucrats don’t raise the debt ceiling. But whether they raise the debt ceiling or continue spending like selfish parasites further robbing our grandchildren, or whether they don’t raise the debt ceiling and “default,” the real problem is that, either way, and as long as the current inherently flawed system remains in place, there will be an economic collapse. Collapse now or continue kicking the can down the road to delay the collapse. Delaying will make it worse and worse. To save ourselves, the system itself has got to go.
The problem is central planning: It doesn’t work. I have mentioned that several times, especially here and, regarding central planning in “national security,” here. Regarding the centrally planned chaos in “national security,” giving government bureaucrats, most of whom have never actually produced anything of actual value to others their entire adult lives, the apparatus of such a government monopoly in “security,” and all the military might and power that goes with it, is like giving candy to a child. They abuse the power and it encourages them to provoke foreigners (as a further excuse to justify further expansions in the federal government bureaucracy, their military contractor welfare, and, their further intrusions into our liberty), which is exactly what they have been doing, especially since 1990. The central planners’ provoking of foreigners has been part of their “broken window” military Keynesianism that is further bankrupting America.
The Federal Reserve System and its banking cartel is another central planning federal government bureaucracy. Legal tender laws compel all Americans to use only government-issued currency as their sole medium of exchange, and fractional reserve banking allows bankers to commit fraud. And all these policies of monopoly, compulsion and protectionism of the rich create moral hazards, because they are inherently immoral systems. They all need to be repealed, undone, and thrown into the dustbin of history.
And take The Bernank with them!
Freedom under the rule of law is the answer to this.
Social Security: Just how moral or rational is a system in which all Americans are forced by law to participate in a government-run retirement scheme? And, a retirement scheme that involves the schemers’ forcibly taking money out of one’s paycheck to pay for one’s neighbor’s Grandmother’s health care? Please tell me how moral it is, or even how sound a system it is, to force John Smith — who has to work two jobs to pay for his mother’s nursing home care — to pay into a fund that takes care of Joe Johnson’s mother, even though Johnson’s salary is over $500,000 and he can very well afford to pay for it? (As Nancy Lugosi might say, Are you serious?)
Sorry. Such a scheme not only is immoral and flawed and is fraudulent as well, but, as you can see, for the past 30 years at least, it has been more or less bankrupt. FDR put this in place as a means of exploiting the fear and vulnerability of the masses that resulted from the Great Depression. Empowering the federal government was FDR‘s true intention, and he did do that.
For those who are worried about Social Security if it is repealed, the government also needs to repeal all federal taxes, so that people can afford to take care of themselves again, and take care of their elderly parents and grandparents again. And really, getting rid of Social Security also forces rich people to pay for their own family members’ medical bills, rather than allowing them to force their less-well-off neighbors to have to fund the rich people’s family members’ medical bills.
Repealing these federal taxes means that you get to keep everything you earn. The contract that you agree to sign with an employer, a client or customer is between you and them, and all exchanges between you and them are between you and them, and, morally, no third party may intrude into that contract or exchange. When a third party — a government bureaucrat — takes even one cent of your earnings away, he is stealing that from you, pure and simple. No one has a right to take a share of something for which you did some kind of labor to earn. Unfortunately, too many people just don’t understand that.
Repeal capital gains and death taxes as well. When you sell a property or something of value that you own, the profit on that sale is morally yours and only yours. Your neighbors, the community, or government bureaucrats do NOT have any claim on that. If you think they have a claim on it, then they have a claim on a portion of the property before the sale as well. The same thing goes with the “death tax.” If a family member dies, his estate morally goes to whomever he has designated it to go to. Anyone who takes one cent of it away from the family is stealing.
People need to stop stealing from their neighbors via government’s guns.
Remove all government regulations, licensure, taxes and other protectionist and parasitic restrictions on individuals and businesses to free up entrepreneurs’ right to make a living.
People who say that the current system, a system of central planning, government theft of private wealth and property, government monopoly and compulsion against a citizenry, can possibly ever be “reformed,” are dreaming. It is a fantasy. As Perry Como would say, “It’s just impossible.”
People are beginning to see that the Republicans are no different from the Democrats. They are both of the Statist Party. And is there really that much difference between them and the Communist Party of the old Soviet Union?
Freedom is the only way to prevent the economic collapse that is inevitable when you have forced central planning shoved down the throats of millions of people. We must take back our freedom.
The selfish, greedy politicians, bureaucrats, industry lobbyists and lawyers, clinging government apparatchiks and other criminals of the State won’t willingly give us back our freedom that the State stole from us, so it may very well be up to us to free ourselves.
We must take down the wall of government’s slavery of the people. It needs to be dismantled. Free us from America’s Prison State!