The Foundation for a Free Society covers Frederic Bastiat’s moral philosophy about government looting in a brief and humorous way.
Of course, there's nothing funny about coercion, theft, or threats of violence in order to take peoples' property from them.
Consider that if something is good and benefits people, people will voluntarily pay for whatever good or service is being offered. This is how free
Consider that if something is bad and harms people, people will not voluntarily pay for whatever good or service is being offered. This is how
People will not voluntarily pay for war unless they perceive an immediate danger to themselves. People will not voluntarily pay for bank bailouts.
People will not voluntarily pay for politician's salaries. People will not voluntarily pay for corn subsidies. People will not voluntarily pay for
the vast majority of things government engages in.
They don't voluntarily pay because the vast majority of things government engages in do not bring a positive benefit to society.
Take healthcare spending for example. People will voluntarily pay for healthcare. But they will not voluntarily pay for a total
strangers healthcare. When a total stranger has the ability to take as much money as he needs from his neighbors to pay for his healthcare, he will
not give a damn about how much the healthcare costs him at all.
And since he can take as much money as he needs, and the doctors are certainly willing to take as much money as he can offer, the only possible
outcome of this situation is that healthcare costs will skyrocket.
Skyrocketing healthcare costs obviously do far more harm to the poor and middle class than cutting off the fuel supply for the inflationary
Nothing good ever comes from the initiation of violence.
That is great stuff. We are deffinately being milked for everything that we are worth.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that this will "fix" itself over time. "Fix" means "Repair", and I personally don't see things being
"repaired" to their former glory. It is an engineered equalization of the american people. We will suffer a great many things over the next
decade, and in the end, a helping hand will be extended by our worst enemy. They will have us begging to work for 2 bucks an hour. Not american
dollars of course, but what ever currency is sure to come. They will put us on par with the rest of the world, and build us back up just enough to
float their lavish lifestyles.
When it gets down to it �" talking trade balances here �" once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have
evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here �" once our edge in natural resources has
been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel �" once the
Invisible Hand has taken away all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would
consider to be prosperity �" y'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else:
high-speed pizza delivery
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