We are, in essence, being asked to trust the state to know best. What reason do we have for such confidence? The agencies entrusted with our protection have repeatedly been shown to be conspicuous for their incompetence and venality.
Most people who read The Communist Manifesto probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of the workers.
What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term [civilian] these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: Once policemen stopped being civilians, the only other thing they could be was soldiers.
People cannot think unless they are free to think. Government rules and regulations literally prevent thought and prevent experimentation. A free market is a massive experiment in competing ideas, the most productive of which win out. Most of the experiments fail, but even failed experiments lead to better understanding. When the intellectual elitists stop the experiments because they are smarter than the rest of us and know what is in the “public good,” the learning stops — witness the Soviet Union. By now, the elitists should know better. Often, they use the public good as an excuse for their own lust for power. Those of us who have had to face government bureaucrats often see the lust for power as the true motivation and the “public good” as the bureaucrat’s rationalization.
No market economy since industrialization has famines at all, and thus, poverty in the modern industrialized context can’t even be compared to poverty in the days before industrialization and the relatively free markets that made the enormous improvements in the standards of living of most people in the industrializing world. Some people, however, including [Pope] Francis, seem to be under the impression that things were humming along just fine until markets came along. But in reality, its relatively-free markets that made it possible for humanity to escape the grinding poverty that was the lot of almost all of us (except a tiny caste of murderous nobles and monarchs) who ground the rest of us under the heels of their pointy shoes.
When citizens are obligated to pay perpetual sums of money to avoid the seizure of their rightly-owned property, they can never consider themselves anything greater than tenants on land controlled by the government.