I don't like to label people. I don't like to speak in generalities. Unfortunately we live in a society where labels and generalities have become quite acceptable, particularly when talking in terms of politics and political beliefs. It is, in my opinion, because of this, at least partially, that we often forget we live in an individualist society. It is among the most unique societies in human history. As part of Westernized culture we have romanticized the idea of freedom, but as Americans we have squandered the ideals of the founding fathers and allowed a tyrannical centralized government and their corporate backers to gain too much power and influence over our personal lives. I believe this is because we as human beings seem to have this tendency toward wanting to collectivize. This likely has something to do with the human desire to be loved and accepted by others. We worry that if we don't share the same customs and beliefs as others that they will not accept us for loving, caring human beings.
Because we live in a world where generalizations are prevalent in the media, how we define the labels we use becomes distorted. For instance, progressives are supposed to hate corporations and love government regulations and intervention in the markets. Conservatives and libertarians, on the other hand, are supposed to love corporations by hating such government regulations and interventions and loving the idea of smaller government. But the opposite is true. While many progressives would be loathe to admit that they love and support huge corporate entities, in practice they do. In the real world it is actions that matter, not words. It is not so much what you say as what you do that really makes the difference.
Any so called progressive that is reading this is by now likely throwing a fit. Inside his head he is likely fuming as he thinks about how much he hates corporations. His sensibilities are likely quite insulted by my accusation that he loves and supports them. He may well wonder how it is that I can support such an accusation. Well, for one thing, in at least one way they are in complete agreement with one of the most infamous robber barons ever. Like John D. Rockefeller, they hate competition and love monopolies.
Why would I say this? Simple, they hate free markets and at the same time they support the most heinous monopoly of all, the government monopoly on legalized force. They are constantly bashing free market philosophies and blaming them for the economic problems we currently face, but the fact is that there has not been true free markets in this country for a very long time, if indeed there ever were. Government interventions in the markets have been going on since before the founding of the nation, but they've become more egregious in the past few decades with the most offensive intrusion being the introduction of the latest iteration of the central bank, the privately owned Federal Reserve System, a century ago. If anyone is to blame for our current financial fiasco it is big centralized government. They have proven they are either too incompetent, too inept, or too corrupt to trust when it comes to centralized planning of the economy.
Free markets are all about competition. They're all about a free flow of ideas to try to keep as many consumers as happy as possible by providing products and services that are demanded by the consuming public. John D. Rockefeller said that competition is a sin and apparently progressives agree for they seem to think that big government regulation is a better way than competition to keep corporations in check. They seem to think it's better to grant a monopoly on legitimized force to a small group of elites and then have them erect barriers that prevent competition from entering the market in an effort to contain corporate influence rather than eliminating barriers, letting competition bring choice to the marketplace and then letting the consumers decide which products and services they wish to purchase and which they wish to shun. In this manner, progressives and the robber barons are on the same page.
Let us not forget that corporations are government entities. The government defines what a corporation is and what the rules are to incorporate. Government allows for limitations to be placed on the liabilities corporations can be held accountable for, hence the LL in LLC. Big government decides the fate of these corporations, not the courts, not the consumers, and agents of big government are going to label their inept friends as "too big to fail" instead of letting the free marketplace do its job and force the inept to fail so that the competent can replace them.
What do the progressives do? Do they demand that incompetent, inept and corrupt government get out of the way so that competent, more innovative, more productive businesses can step in and replace corporations and give the consumer choice? Do they call for power to be removed from centralized federal government and placed in the hands of those who will compete for the trust of the common folk?
No. They call for more laws that increase the powers of the very people who caused the problem in the first place. They don't call for the break up of the cartels and monopolies that are labeled "too big to fail," they just call for better enforcement of regulations and more restrictions. They want to make it more difficult for competition to enter the marketplace. They don't call for the arrests of corrupt politicians who helped create policy that created this mess, they call for more taxation, as if throwing money at a problem involving people who create the money in the first place will do anything to solve the problem. In short, they want to give more money and more power to the elite who already have too much wealth and too much power. They want to grow the power of the central government which then grows the power of the mega corporations. It is a recipe that will lead to an even more spectacular failure than we saw in 2008.
Progressives like to think they're all about progress. It's just a trick of the language, at least when it comes to their policies on business and corporations. Their policies are really quite regressive, but not too many people would want to be labeled a regressive. If you really want to allow the people to have their say, then laws restricting choice need to be repealed. Laws making it difficult to enter the marketplace need to be repealed. The Affordable Healthcare Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, much lauded by so called progressives, needs to be repealed. A freer market where consumers can truly vote with their dollars needs to be established and then one day, hopefully, a truly free market which holds accountable the inept, incompetent and corrupt and exalts the competent and innovative will be allowed to flourish in our nation. Now that would be progress. When that happens we will all surely prosper as the high tide will raise all ships. When that happens the dream of freedom we keep in our hearts will be realized and we will understand why our forebears romanticized it so.
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