Even a cursory glimpse of the social and political discourse surrounding the younger generations reveals a leaning toward socialistic ideals. This may manifest itself a number of ways from t-shirts popularizing Communist icons to haughty recitation of catchphrases. Often, the more basic importance of the general inclination gets lost in arguments about the minutiae. We split hairs about specific definitions of socialism or communism or what have you, while missing the bigger picture.
The subject of socialism absolutely deserves our attention but what many don’t realize is the biggest threat from government is not what may come but what is already here. Some make fun of the idea of the “deep state” but that should depend on one’s definition. Forget wacky conspiracy theories. The idea that the state is run by a contingent of deeply imbedded forces is evident if not obvious.
The singular problem facing the average person who simply wants to live unmolested by government is not which type it is. The problem is government itself, It is statism. Whether liberal, conservative, socialist, whatever, those in power want to control others. Government is force. This is not freedom, it is tyranny. Too many don’t see that.
One reason is the system that runs behind the scenes. The size of the regulatory regimen, and the bureaucratic machine that runs it, is immense and growing by the day. At the end of the day, if this results in a people coerced and chained by authoritarianism, does it really matter who those authorities are? Pick your poison doesn’t seem like much of a comfort.We can argue about political partisanship all day but it is only a worthless distraction from the real harm being done. We need to target the regulatory-industrial complex. Click To Tweet
Federal Agencies in Bed With Big Business
Lew Rockwell has some cogent thoughts on this.
“In every administration, the tools of inflation, borrowing, taxation, and regulation are used to transfer wealth from the people to the government and its cronies.
At times, one or another of these tools becomes politically dangerous, so the government alters the mix. That’s why the Reagan administration switched from taxes and inflation to borrowing, and it’s why the Bush administration, with the deficit a liability, calls for more taxes, inflation, and regulation…
“Just one clause in the Federal Register can mean billions for a favored firm or industry, and disaster for its competitors, which is why lobbyists cluster around the Capitol like flies around a garbage can.”
Rockwell continues with a list of federal agencies and how the incestuous relationship of big government and big business favors them both. To the detriment of the rest of us. These include, but are definitely not limited to, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Securities and Exchange Commission, Interstate Commerce Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration.
Taken individually, one might be inclined to think they serve a legitimate purpose. But, a closer look shows how they serve special interests at the expense of the people. We can argue about political partisanship all day but it is only a worthless distraction from the real harm being done. We need to dismantle the regulatory-industrial complex.
Read in full at The Regulatory-Industrial Complex.