Monday, May 21, 2012

No Such Thing as a Crony Capitalist

Think about this.  There is no such thing as a crony capitalist.  Why?  The minute there is a tie between the government and a business such that the business is protected from the free market in some way, then it is no longer capitalist.

Capitalism is "a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned."  (Rand, Capitalism the Unknown Ideal, 1966) To own is to have the right to the use and disposal of property.

When the government can tell you what to do with your property, then you are no longer the owner.  The government has the right to the use and disposal of it so it is the owner - no matter what your deed to the property says.  The government is happy for you to have the liabilities of owning the property without the benefits of owning it.  It likes deeds.  So much for justice.

When businesses are in bed with government - be it doctors who are licensed by the government so that the number of doctors is held down - or General Motors who is saved from bankruptcy and having to be accountable to those GM has obligated itself to, the principle is the same, those people and businesses are no longer willing or able to survive by the value they create.

A social/political system where value does not drive the system is a system for the government, not the people.  People cannot survive except by producing and trading value.  When the government controls that energy, that purpose, for its purpose, then to that degree, it deprives people of their energy for it.  This is some form of socialism.  They always say they are doing it for the people, but they are not willing to survive on that basis, so they lie.

The government loves to have some organizations look like businesses because that is part of how they maintain the lie.  The truth?  All of those would-be business are crony socialists.

The lesson to be taken away from this?  Never use the term crony capitalist again!  It's part of their lie.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Why Is This Happening, Mr. President?

These three graphs really tell the story. No recession need last more than two years. That’s how long it takes for the free market with millions of minds at work to determine the value of things and reorganize an economy. Economists have known this to be true since early in the last century as America accumulated a history of being a free economy.*  For the employment/unemployment figures to look this way takes an effort. Particularly, it takes a Government and Administration that insist on not allowing human reason and pursuit of value to do its job. This takes working to “kill off a garden that wants to grow” by depriving it of its simple and fundamental requirement to grow - liberty.

Why is this happening? Prior to the 70s under Carter and before the latter 80s when the Soviet Union collapsed and exposed the fraud it was, implementing these ideas could be attributed to innocently believing in a false ideal. With the collapse of the validity of that ideal, littered with somewhere around a hundred million dead bodies, to keep it in place now requires a sinister turn: the motives and consequences required to forcefully install a discredited ideal.  Reason cannot be used in this undertaking except to further the purpose requiring this means.  To support my "sinister" assertion, I offer as evidence the astonishing "thug" character of our current Administration along with the politicians and supporters (active and complicit) that coalesce around it.  (All those that constitute this mass have to do is say nothing to support civil behavior and not commit to guaranteeing every mans' right to his life and liberty in the face of people like Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan and the Black Panther Party; voter fraud; the open espousal of communism and Mao Zedong, mass murderer, by White House associates such as van Jones, Anita Dunn, and many others; the stealing of General Motors investors' money and transferring it to the Labor Unions; O's physical threat of bankers with "the pitchforks;" pats to the Russian leaders arm that he could be more flexible after the election; etc.)  To do this requires an amalgam of fear, desperation, intense desire to overcome the thing feared/hated (power lust) or simply a neurotic fear of free human life.  Nothing beautiful can be composed with this attitude.  Their bodiless ideal can only be fueled by an idea as to how they could make it happen while at the same time turning away from the millions upon millions of murdered men and women which is the history of these collectivist ideals.  It all has to become a matter of intention and it is fueled by the false philosophical ideas of postmodernism – that the truth is socially constructed.  In other words, "propaganda and appearances rule.  Let's get busy."

Could it be true that if the people just acquiesced to “control central,” everything would work? The answer is “no.” It is “no” because "control central’s" plans do not correspond to the requirements of life that are generated by individual lives. Every life is an individual life and to survive, a human life if it exerts any individuality at all has to apply reason to its life, i.e., its has to intelligently act in its self-interest.  Because this entire direction for society is anathema to "control central" and because it acts against the nature of life itself, “control central’s” actions can only become about retaining its power and by making that power more pervasive. From reason, the idea of a “control central” is now the pursuit of fools, rather like believing the idea that the earth is flat and acting according to that premise. Even the controllers cannot live within the idea – which is why they always declare themselves an exception to what they legislate for the masses - and lead lives that are 180 degrees from the rest of us.  The idea of government as now practiced is completely corrupt and cynical.

It is a very interesting time in history and I only hope that the great bulk of our society is not so divided that we can weather via our common values the upheaval that is bound to come.  It may mean extending yourself to know your neighbor.  It is now time to take responsibility for creating one's communities.  (See here for more on that subject.)

*"Economics and the Public Welfare:  A Financial and Economic History of the United States, 1914-1946" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Liberty Press, Indianapolis 1979 (Originally published in 1949)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Fairy Tale Life of Barack Obama

Above is the promo for this hour long show on O, the Fairy Tale. Go here to see it. This hour long show is the Glenn Beck show in full. The Fairy Tale part of this program begins at 3:40.