Thursday, December 18, 2008
Can no one see that we WANT the unwise and inefficient to fail, and the wise and efficient to succeed? Can no one see that paying for the continuance of bad businesses just gets all of us - bad businesses?
While all of this is somewhat moot until the American people take back their government from the lobbying foreign and business insterests, it sets a very dangerous precedent.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
At times you will hear a leader of a big business disparage laissez faire capitalism or the free market. Do not be misled into thinking that, well, if a big business man thinks the free economy is unfair or ill suited to producing a just, profitable economy for all, then surely we are justified in fiddling with it. Without exception, this will be a businessman whose interests and competitive advantage depends on PULL in Washington. The very presence of the innumerable Congressional lobbyists and the billions poured into their efforts stands as an objective testament to the fact that we have nothing close to a 'free' economy. (What do you think those lobbyists are lobbying for? And why would they continue if our representatives were beyond influence?)
Rather, what we have is sadly, a politico-economic landscape aptly foretold by Rand in the 60's -- a situation maintained by (among other things) the 'virtue' of moderation preached in our compulsory schools, and ingrained in our uninformed populace.
The safely undefined, indeterminate, mixed-economy, ‘moderate’ middle—with a ‘moderate’ amount of government favors and special privileges for the rich and a ‘moderate’ amount of government handouts for the poor—with a ‘moderate’ respect for rights and a ‘moderate’ degree of brute force—with a ‘moderate’ amount of freedom and a ‘moderate’ amount of slavery—with a ‘moderate’ degree of justice and a ‘moderate’ degree of injustice—with a ‘moderate’ amount of security and a ‘moderate’ amount of terror, and with a moderate degree of tolerance for all, except those ‘extremists’ who uphold principles, consistency, objectivity, morality, and who refuse to compromise.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
- Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
- The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave.
will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money. American Republic
- After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will [via a compulsory collectivist, revisionist education], the government then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence: it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
- It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth.
Recent decades give ample evidence of the disastrous futility of the Fed’s attempts to use its crude tools to repair the damage of its own previous actions. Injections of liquidity to stop the meltdown in the wake of the failure of Long Term Capital Management fueled the internet bubble. Injections of liquidity to avoid a market crash when the internet bubble burst fueled the housing bubble. Now, following the bursting of that bubble, the Fed is making historically huge amounts of credit available to keep the economy afloat. But the size of each of the bubbles grows progressively. If this were only a game of whack-a-mole, it would be amusing. But money is ubiquitous, and whatever moves the Fed makes can, and do, affect anyone and everyone. The human consequences of Fed-generated boom-and-bust cycles can be, and usually are, tragic.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
This blog is intended to articulate what made this country great, and why and how that greatness is disintegrating. In the broadest of strokes, this country became great by doing what no country had done, and no country has done since - setting out to defend the rights of the individual (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness) as SUPERSEDING the rights or demands of government, or society as a whole. Based on a Christian worldview, the founders of the
This sort of evil must be fought in every way possible. That is the purpose of this blog, to be one more (admittedly small) voice of the people - the American individual, who was and still is the suffering, condemned, abused, motive power for this country and the world, shackled by the collectivist looters, and bled by apathetic parasites. This individual deserves a defense.
(For a real life example of this individual, read this letter.)