Monday, July 05, 2010

Government is not reason, it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it
is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

~George Washington

"That's even more true of capitalism," quoth the Interloper.

Define your terms. Examine your premises.

Capitalism, properly understood, means property rights. Property means the freedom to acquire and deliver goods and services in whatever non-coercive ways you see fit. The freedom to acquire and deliver goods and services spawns commerce, which spontaneously arises in any society, whether on the open or black markets.

People engage in trade because they expect to benefit from it. Nobody is holding a gun to their heads. Trade has nothing to do with theft, murder, mayhem, extortion or fraud. To the extent whatever you call capitalism is tied to theft, murder, mayhem, extortion or fraud, it is tied either to statism or criminality. But I repeat myself. Statism is (legalized) criminality.

Yes, the freelance criminals are always with us. They beset every society. According to statist mythology, society "hires" the State to protect itself from its freelance criminals. But when was the last time you hired a cop, politician, bureaucrat, soldier or general? In reality, the State imposes itself on society. It justifies its protection racket by pointing to the freelance-criminal element, with which it is not uncommonly in bed, balling like a mink.

In the immortal words of Tom Robbins, "Society had a crime problem, so it hired cops. Next thing society knew, it had a cop problem."



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