Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Police State is Doomed... and it's a huge opportunity!!

I just happened to stumble upon this essay. It points out the logic behind what could be the future... it has more logic than you may believe! Have you ever heard of the second law of thermodynamics? Closed systems always trend toward entropy.

Think "China." Think "Russia." Then think back to Mao and Stalin. If those two concentration camps could collapse without armed resistance or a lost war, don't tell me about the inevitability of tyranny.
Lincoln Steffens visited the Soviet Union in 1921 and returned to say, "I have been over into the future, and it works." No, it didn't. Neither do the mini-despotisms of the various Keynesian utopias. Their employees will not receive those pensions after all.

This is from  Gary North's article on entitled The Police State Is Doomed

He goes on to say:
In Brave New World, the tool of control is a drug: soma. It keeps the masses docile. In 1984, it is two-way television. There is no privacy. In Animal Farm, it is widespread belief in the good of the whole, which mandates individual sacrifice. The results are the same: an elite maintains control over the masses. There is no way out.

The authors were not free market economists. The free market economist finds it difficult to believe that a system of centralized economic planning could ever gain access to resources sufficient to hold the masses together. The failures of the Soviet Union and Communist China stand as tombstones. They mark the inability of central planning to achieve its goals or the goals of the planning elite. Or, as the saying goes, money talks.

In 1978, Deng Xioping got capitalist religion. He announced the freeing up of agriculture, which has always been the weak link of socialism. In 1979, the Chinese economy started to grow.

In 1980, Moscow hosted the Olympics. From all over the world, Westerners came to see the show. The Soviet leaders saw for the first time how rich the West was, and how poor they were by comparison. They saw with their own eyes – first with amazement, then with horror – what the West had known for 60 years: they all dressed like Russian bureaucrats. They never recovered psychologically. Within a decade, the Soviet economy was broke. Hope had finally departed from the elite. It had departed from the masses decades earlier.

Then later he points out why the state is flawed:
Society is not the State. Society is a complex social order which is based on voluntary exchange. The State is an institution that imposes coercion. The State's budget constitutes a large section of every modern society, but the inefficiency of the State is legendary. The State cannot get much accomplished. Why not? Because its employees are rewarded for following the book. They are not rewarded for innovation.

His conclusion:
The police State is doomed. It cannot possibly keep up with the constant innovation of society. It cannot gain access to enough resources to maintain control. It wastes the resources it commandeers.
The free market is winning. The attempts of the Federal Reserve and Congress to delay the readjustment of capital pricing goes on, but these attempts are not bringing the promised recovery.

The voters are growing restless. They have been promised miracles by the politicians. These promises are visibly disintegrating. We are seeing a loss of faith.
The key to government control is voluntary compliance. Without self-government, the civil government cannot exercise control. Self-government relies on widespread trust far more than widespread fear.
Widespread trust is fading. Widespread fear will fade with it.
The little men behind the various curtains are getting exposed on YouTube. There is nothing they can do about this. Familiarity breeds contempt. It can't happen fast enough for me.

I have to agree! Opportunities abound as well... People have been lulled to sleep and have gotten used to not having responsibility... and thus, for those who aren't afraid of taking on responsibility... when introduced to freedom will certainly be rewarded handsomely!

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