.. I looked at history. It’s always the same. Political rule never results in what you think it should. Why? After reading Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, and Murray Rothbard, it finally dawned on me. The government doesn’t do anything that the market can’t do better.
I ticked through the list in my mind. Helping the poor, getting people health care, providing education, building roads, providing retirement income, inspiring virtue, boosting the economy, making people secure. Even the whole court system is a mess, and so people resort to private solutions…and profitably.
Plus, government does tons of stuff that shouldn’t be done at all, like giving privileges to elites, bombing innocent people, meddling in business where it has no business, taxing people into poverty, and debauching the currency.
Finally, I gave in and embraced an idea that was floating around the margins of opinion at the time but has since become huge. We don’t need this thing called the state. Whatever problems exist in the world are best solved — or attempted to be solved — by people themselves. The politicians and bureaucrats contribute nothing, and they cause an astonishing amount of destruction.
What liberation that moment was! It was a bit scary at first to think this way. Then it became easier. Then the world started making a lot more sense to be. This step helped frame up events. I could see things for what they were without all the political illusions. And crucially, I realized that I had to take responsibility for my own life rather than banking on someone else’s (sometimes deadly) pipe dream.
Sexta-feira, Agosto 31, 2012
Give It Up! por Jeffrey Tucker: