After several months of being asked to take my forum commentary and daily e-mails to friends and associates and turn them into a column, I have finally got around to creating a blog.
For those reading me for the first time, I present myself as anti-statist in the classical, American sense of the term. Never has there been more of a disconnect between the values of our Founding Fathers and the state of our union today. There are, as I see it, several fundamental problems that create the symptoms we observe around us:
1. A failure to teach and to understand the reasons for the American revolution and the thoughts, writings, and statements of our Founding Fathers.
2. A willingness on the part of the modern American to cede power to government – the power to tax and regulate – with poor understanding as to the nature of government and it’s insatiable appetite for such power.
3. A complete lack of general knowledge of history or economics.
4. And, specifically, a lack of knowledge regarding the Federal Reserve banking system, fractional reserve lending, and fiat currency.
I’m sure many of you can cite others. But I suggest, again, that most others are merely symptoms of the 4 above.
The launching of this blog, in retrospect, is timely. At few other times have Americans been more enthusiastic about their new President. Most of the correspondence I receive from those favoring Obama refer to his personal qualities, his perceived honesty, integrity, and ability to unite the nation. As an anti-statist, I take no part in the defending or attacking of any party or government official. Each party, and every government official, simply represents the state. The lines between the parties, for those who understand the 4 points above, are blurred almost to the point of indistinction.
But let us assume for a moment that President Obama does in fact embody all the qualities so many have ascribed to him. Let us assume that he is honest and wise, intelligent and magnanimous. The problem is that one day this president will resign. One day, like all men before him, he will pass away. Let us hope that, if Obama is in fact a great man, then all subsequent men in that job will be great in perpetuity. Because the authority one gives to the state through his own consent to be regulated lasts forever.
It was once understood that the government did not grant rights, it could only infringe upon them. With this in mind, our forefathers forged a document that recognized our basic rights and served to restrict government from infringing upon them. Today, the mindset is different. Today is the day of the banners, the regulators. Today is the day of those willing to cede government the authority to regulate what they feel needs regulating, whether it’s guns, cell phones, or host of other issues, both large and small, commercial and personal. We argue with each other regarding whether an issue is right or wrong, whether an item or practice should be banned or not. But in reality, this is not relevant. The only relevant issue is the power we cede to the state by consenting to regulation. The state knows this. And we have trained the state not only to seize such power, but to encourage the debates over right/wrong to serve its own interests.
The state disarms you, and makes it functionally illegal to defend yourself. Then, through its near-monopoly on force, the state confiscates your income in the form of wage taxation in order to protect you. When that is not enough, and the state machine is once again hungry for more money, the state will create new crimes –whether it’s smoking marijuana or using your cell phone in a car- in order to sustain and expand its various agencies. These agents of the state will then seek to sustain and expand their role in regulating the people.
Our Founding Fathers could not and would not be regulated. But this is not why the revolution was fought. To understand that, we must delve deeper into the realm of economics and, more specifically, political economy. But this is not a history column. We will touch on these issues and how they relate to current and immediate events in upcoming columns, along with commentary on the news articles of the day, proposed legislation, and other topics of interest. We will explore the current economy, the economic “crisis”, mortgage lending and credit, and a host of other topics.