Politics As Usual
- is it -
? Cooperation or Exploitation?

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Politics = Exploitation of The Commons

Cooperation is always voluntary agreement.
Law is often forced obedience.

Frederic Bastiat, a 19th c. French classical liberal thinker had some wise observations.
"Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."

He also said, "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."


"The first and most important thing to understand about politics is this: forget Right, Left, Center, socialism, fascism, or democracy. Every government that exists - or ever existed, or ever will exist - is a kleptocracy, meaning 'rule by thieves.' Competing ideologies merely provide different excuses to separate the Productive Class from what they produce. If the taxpayer/voters won't willingly fork over to end poverty, then maybe they'll cough up to fight drugs or terrorism. Conflicting ideologies, as presently constituted, are nothing more than a cover for what’s really going on, like the colors of competing gangs." - Author L. Neil Smith

"In every administration, the tools of inflation, borrowing, taxation, and regulation are used to transfer wealth from the people to the government and its cronies." (see here)

This suggests exploitation is a normal course of human behavior. Stealing is a universally punished crime of 'theft' - when one person takes from another person without permission. In contrast, taking from 'The Public Commons' instead of a real person is considered 'fair' not 'theft'. Taking becomes a 'right' and an incentive to exploit those foced to give up what is then distributed to others. If this was done by anyone other than government it would be a crime.

Isn't this invented abstract (public good) not also a rationalization to excuse and absolve people from practicing a universally condemned act of stealing? Rationalizations to take from people for The Common Good are endless. They range from protecting unborn children to helping the less fortunate to saving systemically important industries and bailing out 'too big to fail' banks. In the name of the Public Good every puplic dollar and government rule benefits some special interest at the cost of the 'less special'.


"Meanwhile, we get told that it’s the poor who drive prosperity, because the poor consume a larger percentage of their incomes.

So we’re to believe that using things up makes us rich?... Now if consumption is the source of prosperity, as these people think it is, imagine if all we had was consumption. ... Notice what hasn’t occurred: capital maintenance (to keep the apparatus of production intact and functioning), capital accumulation to further increase the standard of living, or the payment of wages.

These fairly critical things are done by — wait for it — “the rich,” and involve the opposite of consumption.

An economy lacking those things will eventually return to a primitive state.

So yes, I want tax cuts for the rich, and for everyone."

Systems of elaborate folly have been erected with the most impossible of promises.  That prosperity can be attained without labor.  That benefits can be paid without taxes.  That cheap credit can make everyone rich... Central to these promises are the central government and central planning authorities.

As Ludwig von Mises once noted, once we get to the point that a majority of the voting population receives more in benefits than it pays in taxes, then voters will demand more and more wealth be transferred to them through government programs. It will then become politically necessary to extract larger and larger amounts of wealth from a minority in order to subsidize the majority.

Market economics will become less and less popular because the voters will have realized they can — in the words of James Bovard — “vote for a living” instead of work for a living.

Societies are most prosperous where individuals are incentivized to be productive because their individual liberties and private property are protected. Those societies imposed upon by over-bearing governments issuing mandates about how earnings and property will be re-directed are less prosperous and eventually bankrupt themselves.

To restate Milton Friedman yet again:

"There is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”

The founding American ideas were based on protecting, defending and ensuring individual liberty and private property from being taken (socialized into The Commons) for those favored by government. This has now all changed. Over time these ideas have been turned on their head. Laws have been written or interpreted to reduce liberty (your private choices) and take private property. It also led to The Tragedy Of The Commons.

There is an essential difference between force and power. Laws steal choices . They prohibit and limit choices for some people and make you obey someone else’s choices. It’s like being told where to sit on the bus. Laws make you do things you would not want to do if you were free. Was it meant to be this way? What can be more valuable than choice? What do you have when you have no choice? The American Dream becomes an American nightmare. You can see some examples here and here.


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