There are a number of perplexing, unsolved mysteries occupying the history of mankind: the incredible construction of the pyramids, the Bermuda Triangle, Bigfoot, why there is an ‘s’ in the word ‘lisp’, and many other potentially huge revelations and discoveries just waiting to be made.
Chief among them, and it receive so little attention, is the great paradox of unending and relentless faith in government to solve our societal problems. Despite being in an age of information glut, having access to more knowledge and facts than at any other time in human civilization, we appear to be more capable than ever of looking truth in the eye and kicking it square between the legs, all while laughing hysterically like children who don’t realize that, as a consequence, won’t be getting supper later..
A basic survey of our surroundings ought to provide enough evidence to even the simplest of minds that government exists as the absolute worst vessel of prosperity. Our lives are filled with an infinite amount of comforts and conveniences, all made possible by entrepreneurs who had an idea, built it, marketed it, and sold it to us, the consumers. Literally all of our favorite things came from private business:
There are obviously endless examples. And every single example comes in countless varieties, qualities, options, prices, and choices. When you go into a Walmart, a triumph by itself, you have approximately 987 types of hotdogs to choose from.
Behind every one of these ventures are a network of employees who are all able to feed their families as a result of gaining employment and creating value for us. Businesses allowed to operate in a free market offer choices, and we love them. It’s obvious we do.
Yet, despite all of this, YOU, America, at least half of you, don’t have any interest in preserving this system called (shhh…) capitalism. You’ve decided that all of the obvious benefits of such a system are to be dismissed as satanic and evil because some people get rich as a result, and how fair is that? They only took all the risk and did all the work, after all.
You instead believe that government, not business, should provide us with our most basic needs, which apparently as of late have been determined to go from basics like air and water all the way to internet and birth control. Okay, fine, your philosophy is that government should provide everything you want, which inherently means that someone other than you should provide everything you want. Your philosophy is dangerous and extremely wrong, but it’s yours, so I understand that you won’t yield lightly.
The truth is, and it cannot be argued competently, that government produces nothing, but takes what it needs to hand out to others. Emphasis on the word ‘takes’, as in by force. The department of energy produces no energy. Duke and Exxon do that. The department of housing and urban development develop no such things. The department of education employs no teachers and builds no schools. The food and drug administration feeds no one.
So when you mindlessly deem healthcare a ‘right’, for example, you’ve done nothing but demand that everyone who wants healthcare get it for free from those who provide it at the expense of those forced to pay for it. Government is nothing but a corrupt, power hungry middle man in all of our transactions. What a great idea! And my oh my, how fair and compassionate are you for demanding such a thing?
But I digress.
What I can’t get my head around is what exactly gives you faith that government can provide such things? We’ve already compiled a limited, yet effective list of consumables our society values, and all of them come in spite of government tax and regulation, not because of it. What is it that government is providing us that elevates our standard of living? There are obviously a handful of necessities, all of which are explicitly outlined in the Constitution. But that’s so retro now, so quaint, so 1791 (as the kids say). Government does SO MUCH more than those things now that we can hardly continue calling our country a Constitutional Republic with any intellectual integrity.
Either directly or by massive hyper-regulation, government is generally responsible for the following (at best):
The DMV. (I shouldn’t have to add anything beyond this, but I will)
20 trillion in debt.
Congress (and their stellar 11% approval rating).
Dred Scott decision, Plessy V Ferguson decision, amid other horrific SCOTUS decisions.
Department of Education – are you surrounded by intelligent, educated people?
War on drugs – that’s worked out well.
War on poverty – glad we’ve done away with poverty since spending trillions on this one..
The list could go on and on, but I think the basic point is this…
Businesses produce only provided that we choose to buy their products, yielding a continual system of product delivery, efficiency, and innovation.
Government produces nothing, but they’re really good at taking. Ohhhh boy are they good at that. Taking is generally their favorite part, especially when they can aim their wealth vacuums towards certain groups that are deemed less deserving by those in charge of seizing it. Government can only take, direct, moderate, limit, obstruct, and destroy property, both physical and intellectual. Government has no incentive to create innovative and valuable ideas.
The results are plentiful and obvious. America, under a free market, liberty driven system that championed the individual over the collective, became the most free and prosperous nation ever to occupy planet earth. Socialism, and all of it’s hideous brothers and sisters, has only produced death, enslavement, and misery. Kudos, Karl Marx.
There is something else worth noting that differentiates big government from big business. We can also be sure that, to date, no private company has ever raised an army and violently overthrown a country. Until Apple’s iPhones start sprouting arms and machine guns (you heard it here first), this doesn’t seem to be a threat. Government, however, has a long, long history of doing exactly that. Among the greatest villains in the history of man are powerful central elites, guilty of killing and subjugating an otherwise free people, and all too often done in the name of helping ‘the people’ permitted to survive.
So, America, given the evidence, why do you continue to place so much faith in government? I get that you want everyone to have healthcare, housing, food, a job, etc. I want everyone to have those things, too, though I don’t mindlessly categorize them all as ‘rights’. But what gives you even a scintilla of confidence that your government – now run by Donald Trump by the way – can deliver any of it?
If it did, we’d be the first society in the history of human civilization to deliver utopia at the hands of a few relative elites and masterminds.
It’s only our kid’s future we’re talking about. Let’s roll the dice.