a reply to: CB328
Lets use your example of social security.
First, lets understand that none of our monetary problems can be "fixed" so long as we maintain our current economic system.
A centrally planned, debt based monetary system (the Western world's economic model, especially in the US), is based on borrowing, expanding the money
supply and devaluation of the dollar or what Ron Paul called the "hidden tax on the middle class" ie inflation. So long as they continually destroy
the value of our dollar, our cost of living is guaranteed to go up.
Why doesnt our government get rid of this debt based, inflation system? Because it benefits the banks (including privately owned central banks), who
profit from debt and lets be honest, banksters rule the world.
So doing things like raising the minimum wage is a way for government to convince the masses that they're doing something to help as opposed to
addressing the real issue: our inflation based monetary system (which has only been around since the creation of the Fed in 1913).
If the government really wanted to fix our economic problems, the first thing they would do is put a stop to the devaluation of our dollar so people
could afford a lot more with much less.
So why would a Libertarian be opposed to social security? Are we opposed to helping people? Of-course not. We're all about charity and helping each
other. We just dont think that government should be the one to do it, especially not by force.
You're forced to pay into a system. Thats called coercion and libertarians are against force and violence.
Like every other government program, social security has been destroyed. Not only have they continually raided or stolen from the social security
fund but in normal government fashion, they've bankrupted it. Since about 2010, more money is now paid out than is taken in, which by any normal
definition is considered bankrupt.
Its now a ponzi scheme, relying on the money coming in to pay for the money going out.
So why would I want to pay into a bankrupt system which wont provide me any benefit when its my time to retire (or if it is able to pay out, it will
be with thoroughly devalued dollars).
Ron Paul has talked about this at length. He says that measures should be taken to ensure that people who have paid in, will receive their benefits
but that others should not be forced to pay into yet another massive government failure.
And to pay for these unfunded liabilities he of-course advocated us shutting down our foreign empire and putting a stop to the war-for-profit
You're right that most people have been brain washed to spend spend spend, a conscious effort by the establishment and the Edward Bernays of our world
who said that "propaganda should not be limited to war time" ie consumerism.
We need to get back to a culture of saving.
The same applies to every other monetary issue: cost of health care, cost of education, the general cost of living etc.
Sure it would help if we could eliminate government intervention but none of these things can truly be reformed without first addressing the main
problem: a debt based, dollar devaluing monetary system.
edit on 19-7-2014 by gladtobehere because: wording