Steve Forbes Keynotes the 2016 CEI Dinner
quinta-feira, junho 23, 2016
Todos os impostos começam por ser para os ricos…:
Todo o imposto sobre o rendimento, quando é introduzido, dirige-se aos “ricos” (pelo menos é o que os políticos dizem). Depois, os anos passam, e a noção de “rico” vai sendo cada vez mais alargada; as deduções vão emagrecendo; e, finalmente, a complexidade ligada à aplicação do imposto cresce exponencialmente – medido em número de páginas, o código o imposto tem hoje 187 vezes mais páginas que as 400 originais em 1913 (caso dos Estados Unidos).
Saviors Need Victims:
Saviors need victims who need saving. And if such victims are not real and readily available, the saviors conjure them up by convincing themselves that this or that group of people are helpless victims eager to be raised from the muck of their misfortunes by the saviors. Sometimes the saviors convince even the groups they seek to save that they — the members of these groups — are indeed mired in a muck from which they can be extracted only by the saviors.
Anarchism and Radical Decentralization Are the Same Thing:
Even in a world where one could choose freely among providers of legal and defense services (i.e., a marketplace for civil government) there would not be an unlimited number of choices. What makes markets preferable to states, however, is that they are voluntary, dynamic, flexible, and constantly seeking to provide desirable services in exchange for the freely-given cooperation from the consumers.
This sort of voluntary society can be facilitated and expanded through the use of free association and secession as envisioned by Mises, or through the type of local nullification and civil disobedience as envisioned by Hoppe. In either case, conflict resolution shifts away from state coercion and toward negotiation, compromise, arbitration, and consensus. While even these methods can still result in violence when they fail, they are preferable to the state model of governance in which coercive violence is assumed, legitimized, and frequently used.
Those regimes that offer more freedom, more respect for private property, and more self-determination, will also be those that are most economically successful. But fundamentally, the power of states can only ultimately be controlled by human beings adopting ideologies that question the prerogatives and legitimacy of monopolistic states. In the absence of these ideologies, no organizational structure, no document, and no historical event can by itself create the conditions necessary for the successful exercise of self-determination.
Beware of Kafkatrapping:
The term "kafkatrapping" describes a logical fallacy that is popular within gender feminism, racial politics and other ideologies of victimhood. It occurs when you are accused of a thought crime such as sexism, racism or homophobia. You respond with an honest denial, which is then used as further confirmation of your guilt. You are now trapped in a circular and unfalsifiable argument; no one who is accused can be innocent because the structure of kafkatrapping precludes that possibility.
The Immaturity of Supporting Hillary Clinton as a Woman:
It is important to note that such immature thinking is to be found only on the left. Racial solidarity, ethnic solidarity, class solidarity and gender solidarity all matter to the left, not the right. When Margaret Thatcher first ran for the office of British prime minister, she would have become the first female prime minister in British history. But British conservatives, including women who supported her, rarely mentioned her gender, let alone offered it as a reason to vote for her.