Thursday, July 12, 2012

Good reading

Americans Revolt Billions of Times A Day.
It’s not civil disobedience that I’m talking about. It’s the opposite: Civil disobedience is meant to be noticed. It is a price paid in the hope of creating social change. What I’m talking about is not based on hope; in fact, it has given up much hope on social change. It thinks the government is a colossal amoeba twitching mindlessly in response to tiny pinpricks of pain from an endless army of micro-brained interest groups. The point is not to teach the amoeba nor to guide it, but simply to stay away from the lethal stupidity of its pseudopods. Read the whole thing

 6 charts that show the Welfare State run amok.
A few scary factoids:

– In the 1960s, there were 18 workers per Medicaid recipient. Today that number is 2.5.

– The number of Americans on disability has risen 19% faster than jobs created during this recovery.

– There are just 1.2 private sector workers per 1 person on welfare or working for government.

– There are now just 1.65 employed persons in private sector per 1 person on welfare


  1. So how many are now in prison because of these Ponzi Schemes?

  2. Speaking of "Americans Revolt Billions of Times a Day"--our microphones picked up this Oval Office exchange:

    David Axelrod- "Mr. President, Mr. President...the citizens are revolting!!"

    President Obama- "Frankly David, you're pretty repulsive yourself!"

    (Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Try the veal!)

    1. Something on which I agree with Obama!

  3. What's revolting is how our government sells weakness and our people eat it up.

    As far as the law: I do not worship it as some seem to do. My morality is not limited to the law- gee, legality allows a great deal of harm to come to others. Morality comes before any law, and the two should not be confused.
    My Dad told me that when he was a young man, NC had about 3 large books that held all its laws. And he said most of those dealt with how slave owners should behave.
    Laws did not make the society peaceful and productive. You might surmise that a lack of laws did that.
    Laws make people guilty and guilt makes people manageable by manipulators.
    It is part of reason that Christians are such a threat to tyrants---a forgiven man can be guiltless, and as such he may be unruly :)

  4. gmw,

    I've often postulated that as morality declines so then does self-dicipline. And, yes,if one fails to dicipline himself, others will (think laws)!

  5. Hayek wrote about the rule of law quite a bit in his works. From an economists viewpoint, the Rule of Law provides a degree of stability that allows individuals and groups of individuals to predict the consequences of economic choices. But there are two provisos if the Law is to provide stability. One, the Law must be applied unarbitrarily as much as possible and two, the government must also be accountable to the Rule of Law. (paraphrasing Hayek)
    In my view, if solid citizens are treated arbitrarily under the Law- the underlying faith that the Law needs is eroded and the moral imperative to break the law rises, as GMW points out. This is the question facing this country in these days. Fundamental transformation might just lead to chaos.

    1. Uh Oh, now I have to buy another book. I looked up some of Hayak's quotes.... he reminds me of Thomas Paine, but appears not to be such a firebrand.

    2. Try "The Road to Serfdom"- F.A. Hayek
      I also liked "Between Instinct and Reason"

    3. I found "The Road to Serfdom" and several other works free online here:
      It looks like "Between Instinct and Reason" is the first chapter in "The Fatal Conceit." I can't find this one online. So I will need to get a hard copy.

  6. Speaking of Axelrod- I read somewhere that they were going to hold a David Axelrod look-alike contest in the Rose Garden but they had to call it off because the crowd turned ugly!


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