Of the varying types of conversations we may encounter about government, one of them concentrates on comparing and contrasting socialism with its many variations and competitors, such as fascism. While a basic understanding of the differences can be valuable, at times these discussions become too obsessed with that debate and miss the bigger picture.
At the end of the day, which matters more? That we can win an argument proving our government is this or that specific form of “ism” or that it is in any of those categories to begin with. What we should ultimately care about is how much liberty we have lost in this country. Regardless of the label we want to ascribe to the government or who is running it.
The government is a lot of things. Government is force, government is hypocritical and government is growing. None of those is good. What all those have in common is its interventionist behavior. What government does is involve itself, mostly where it shouldn’t. In our individual lives, in our businesses, in our schools, in our private organizations. Stop a moment and think about where government is not involved in your life. That should be a sobering thought.Government is force, government is hypocritical and government is growing. None of those is good. What all those have in common is its interventionist behavior. What government does is involve itself, mostly where it shouldn't. Click To Tweet
Interventionism is Socialism
The following article begins by making the point that while an act of government may not technically be what we would call “socialism”, it is invariably a step in that direction. Quoting Sen. Elizabeth Warren, he calls out the catch in her claim. While proclaiming to be “capitalist to the bone”, we then learn what that really means.
It is always a good idea to read the fine print. And to understand the terms being used in any discussion. For instance, when I say “capitalist”, I might envision one thing, while you may see something else. Sen. Warren apparently has a long list of modifiers to apply to the term. For her, markets are fine as long as we have lots of ways to control them. That’s why we need government to intervene.
That government intervention comes in may guises from taxes to a myriad of regulations. Any of these actions erodes the inherent rights one has in their property and their use of it as they see fit. Taxes are a direct confiscation of my hard earned profits. Regulations can interfere any number of ways with what I may or may not be able to do. Rarely, do such government acts produce positive results. Certainly not for me and almost never for the country or anyone else.
The article provides a great example of what happens when government wants to make milk more affordable. Those familiar with this sort of thing can see what is coming. Price controls cause unintended consequences. So, other regulations are instituted. The situation goes from bad to worse. This sort of fiasco is repeated constantly by government in innumerable ways.
This is well worth reading in full at THE TRUTH ABOUT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONISM.