Trusters of government (including trusters of government living in America) point to Venezuela as a socialist paradise. But an expose’ posted on “Oxy” reveals that Venezuelans are now without basic medicines due to Venezuela’s policies of price controls, central planning, single-payer slave-plantation healthcare administration, and government-monopoly licensing.
The great libertarian TV journalist and commentator John Stossel is out with a brilliant essay.
Stossel discusses the theory of spontaneous order: the notion that humans tend to create order in any chaotic setting, without being commanded to do so. In many respects, the debate over spontaneous order is the debate between freedom and tyranny. Trusters of the state tend to believe humans do not spontaneously order themselves without command; while libertarians tend to believe humans order themselves best without central planning.
Stossel describes how skaters at skating rinks spontaneously create order from chaos. Stossel then describes how increased central planning in modern America has dampened progress and made it much more difficult for people to accomplish monumental projects:
Eighty years ago, it took workers only 15 months to build the Empire State Building. But this century, using vastly superior construction equipment, building the new World Trade Center took 10 times as long. Eighty years ago, some trains ran faster than 100 miles per hour, but now even the “high-speed” Acela train averages only 90 miles per hour because government safety rules demand that American trains be heavier.
Brian Williams, lead news anchor of the government-supported NBC news network, has taken a leave of absence after being caught exaggerating his roles in various state- and military-worshipping news stories. Dale Steinreich of Lewrockwell.com writes today (Feb. 10, 2015) to remind us that Brian Williams previously used news content generated by the Lewrockwell.com site without properly crediting the libertarian site.
NBC, like its sister networks MSNBC and CNBC, are branches of General Electric. The Washington Post revealed in 2009 that GE was actually the largest recipient of government bailout money during the 2008-09 economic crash. This was done in secret, apparently upon the grounds that GE’s financial services arm owned a pair of small Utah banks.
NBC has a long history of smearing and/or ignoring libertarian voices, and championing government expansion and intervention into almost all things from early childhood care and education to military deployment to medical care to climate regulation.
College campuses were formerly billed as environments where minds could think freely and where passions for inquiry and discovery could be unleashed. But many of today’s college campuses are zones of Orwellian government thought control. Today, when you cross the street to enter a typical college campus, you enter a world where your thoughts are more controlled and monitored, and where life is more expensive and stultified.
We read today (February 9, 2015) that the University of Michigan has spent $16,000 on a campaign to warn students not to offend anyone with their speech. Words declared unacceptable through the campaign include “crazy,” “insane,” “retarded,” “gay,” “tranny,” “gypped,” “illegal alien,” “fag,” “ghetto” and “raghead.” Remember that the University of Michigan is not a religious or a private institution. It is a ‘PUBLIC’ university—meaning that it is supposed to be subject to the First Amendment’s greatest protections for public spaces. When the University of Michigan issues such speech-chilling decrees, those decrees are the voice of government.
Here is the link:
Trusters of government often call for more regulations on businesses. Some government trusters believe that regulations dampen the greed and influence of Fortune 500 corporations and other big businesses. Unfortunately for them the data often conflict with this view. Business regulations invariably harm the smallest businesses and the poor while helping big businesses suppress their competition.
Now a study by Professor Marshall Lux of Harvard University shows that the increased banking regulations of the past decade have greatly harmed small hometown banks while helping multinational banks expand their market shares. Professor Lux, a former chief risk officer for JPMorgan, found that local banks’ share of the American lending market has fallen from more than 40 per cent in 1991 to 22 per cent last year (2014). At the same time, the market share of America’s five biggest banks has jumped from 17 per cent to 41 per cent.
See The Financial Times report here:
MSNBC, like its sister networks NBC and CNBC, are branches of General Electric, one of the world’s largest industrial corporations and a perennial blood-brother to the federal government. The Washington Post revealed in 2009
that GE was actually the largest recipient of government bailout money during the 2008-09 economic crash. This was done in secret, apparently upon the grounds that GE’s financial services arm owned a pair of small Utah banks.
The content of MSNBC programming, as most viewers are aware, champions government expansion and intervention into almost all things from early childhood care and education to military deployment to medical care to climate regulation.
Bombshell news in today’s (Feb. 8, 2015) London Telegraph:
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Just as with the “Climategate” emails in and out of East Anglia, and the manipulation of data by graduate schools, climate alarmists working for governments have been caught “adjusting” temps upward in recent years, and downward for past years to bolster their arguments for more socialism and government power.