Road to Serfdom

Government hasn’t even begun to provide all Americans with health care, college educations, affordable real property, and a permanently temperate climate (as balmy as today’s interglacial warmth, you ask? no; we are talking about mitigation of imaginary greenhouse effect due to anthropogenic carbon dioxde and methane).

Some (including Geraldo Rivera) think government should also provide cannabis. I think this is consistent with the prevalent idiom.

Since government has failed in all these things, there can be only one solution: make government vastly more powerful, ultimately powerful, so these essential duties can at last be successfully discharged. Government ultimately assumes all power, once there is no regulation of government power.

And this we do today.

But this path has been pursued before. Two perfectly allegorical examples are nazi Germany, and Marxist USSR. Both arose from statist, collectivist delusions, driven by intellectual rot and deviant personalities to fascism. The price is serfdom. The fruit is misery, suffering, and premature death. This is all offered today again by Obama. You don’t even need to sign up.

Economic resources shall be spread around

Economic resources shall be spread around

American Thinker has the story: Revisiting Hayek

[…]Friedrich Hayek was an Austrian economist, philosopher and intellectual considered to be one of the most important economists and political philosophers of the twentieth century. He shared the 1974 Nobel Prize in Economics for his pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations.2 Hayek’s work has influenced world leaders for decades. However, at this present time in our history, it is more important than ever to remind the public about the lessons and logic he had to offer. Revisiting Hayek’s work informs us of how the dramatic actions being taken by the current administration will lead us down a road that ultimately ends in the destruction of this democracy along with the freedoms and liberties we take for granted.

Hayek’s central thesis in his sentinel work, The Road to Serfdom, is that through the inevitable mismanagement of resources and goods at the disposal of the state, all forms of collectivism lead eventually to tyranny. Hayek used the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany as examples of countries that had progressed through the phases of collectivist governments and reached the point of tyranny. Hayek argued that disagreement regarding the practical implementation of any economic plan combined with the inadequacy of the planners’ resource management would necessitate coercion in order for anything to be achieved. According to Hayek, the failure of central planning would be perceived by some in the public as an absence of sufficient power by the state to implement an otherwise good idea. This would lead the public to vote more power to the state, assisting in the rise of a “strong man” perceived to be capable of getting the job done. Following these developments, a country will be driven into outright totalitarianism. For Hayek, this journey, inadvertently set upon by central planning, ends in the destruction of all individual economic and personal freedoms.

[…]Hayek recognized the threat from the inevitable expansion of government spending and entitlement programs and wrote in his famous work, The Constitution of Liberty, “It has been well said that, while we used to suffer from social evils, we now suffer from the remedies for them. The difference is that, while in former times the social evils were gradually disappearing with the growth of wealth, the remedies we have introduced are beginning to threaten the continuance of that growth of wealth on which all future improvement depends.”

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One Response

  1. “Since government has failed in all these things, there can be only one solution: make government vastly more powerful, ultimately powerful, so these essential duties can at last be successfully discharged. Government ultimately assumes all power, once there is no regulation of government power.”

    Though the Left has tried to explain it away as a joke, I think the eerie comments by Democratic governor Perdue of North Carolina about “suspending elections” in order to “fix” America are very revealing, don’t you? I thought elections were supposed to be the mechanism for fixing America.

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