posted on Apr, 14 2016 @ 09:47 PM
"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - John F Kennedy
I am writing this thread in response to the numerous threads about socialism, or democratic socialism that I have seen. While I see many virtues in
such a system, and would gladly be a part of such a system myself, I do not agree with the implementation of such a system within the United States of
America. Historically and even more so in modern America, the more we ask of our government, the more "require" of them, the more services and
welfare programs and other issues we want them to represent/implement/make law/outlaw - The bigger the beast gets, which does not serve anything but
"So, what is the best economic system for us?" One may ask.
There are certainly many diverse answers coming from all directions, but if you look at what works the best in this world, which nations come out on
top when it comes to standards of living, earnings per capita, and the like - there are similarities you will find. Within these similarities, and
taking lessons from the past, I have come to assume what conditions create the most successful and beneficial systems that we as the people can
Near the top of this list is a free-market. Without a free-market, businesses cannot thrive, and when businesses cannot thrive, the people of
the country will be impacted all the same. Government was never meant to regulate business on the level they do, let alone ever actually be the owners
of business. It has been proven time and time again that private industry is what fuels a good economy. Government is only meant to intervene in
matters of extremes - Such as slavery, or child labor. Any further intervention is only a disservice to the people - Even major things that people are
for such as minimum wages can be debated as too much intervention, as businesses will only hire a person worth that wage. It creates a class of people
that cannot get a job if they are not deemed as worth that amount. Such a person may find it harder to get ahead in such circumstances.
Another major point would be freedom, specifically the most pure version of freedom we could liberate ourselves into.
We are allowing, or otherwise accepting that our government is making/enforcing laws concerning marriage, our intimate lives, drug use. We allow the
government to "manage" (own) so much land, and create so many laws, rules, codes, or otherwise restricting us from using our natural resources in a
responsible way. We have we allowed the government to grow so big, so inefficient and allowed them to take so many taxes, and influence so many
markets in a negative way. We have insane incarceration rates, too many laws, too many codes, too many tax laws, the government is just too much, and
is far beyond needing fixed.
These top two concepts ( freedom for the business, freedom for the individual ) alone are extreme, and can change societies and economics in major
negative ways with too much government intervention. Over-regulation within a free-market creates a controlled market, one where business cannot
thrive, where the small businesses cannot compete, and where creativity, innovation, overall progression slows down or halts. This same government
which seeks to regulate business, seeks to regulate our personal lives. When we demand results from our government concerning partisan issues, when we
demand that our government represent us in every tiny way, we only feed them.
What we need to do is step away from this government, reduce both the size and the power of our federal government, and increase the power of local
and state governments ( though not overly so. ) We need to demand that we are free and that the government only exist to ensure these freedoms. They
are not meant to create legislation, tax code, and other confusing and overly complicated ways to enslave us.
Peace be with us all.