George Ford Smith – January 19, 2023
The number one threat to our lives and prosperity is the US government.
How could it otherwise be? Loaded with trillions of dollars acquired through legalized theft, the US government has gone beyond mere incompetence and foreign adventurism; it now colludes with other governments to reduce populations through the manufactured covid crisis.
Governments are now killing their citizens . . . deliberately.
Taking the House of Representatives away from the Democrats will not cut it. How many “radical” Republicans have called out the covid crisis as the genocidal program it is? How many Republicans were elected on a platform of eliminating government programs or agencies? How many Republicans see the government, with its power to ignite nuclear Armageddon, as a threat to our lives?
How often have you heard a politician call for more personal freedom? For eliminating the income tax and federal reserve? For disbanding government as we know it and relying on the free market for our safety and prosperity?
What If Life Really Could Get Better?
We have to begin by recognizing the government for what it is. See Robert Higgs’s essay “Ten Reasons Not to Abolish Slavery.”
Admit that freedom is what you want, otherwise you will not know what it is you are after. To believe in freedom is to believe that good government only results in the absence of the state.
What if, as Murray Rothbard has written, the state is nothing more than a criminal gang, regardless of which party is in power?
Is it scary to contemplate life without the great god state? Can a state-free economic system provide everything we need? What if it could? What about other concerns such as biological warfare? Do we not need a state to protect us and tell us what to do?
What if we do not? What if we can deal with all threats through market institutions?
What if the state is incompatible with a free society?
What if the state’s elections, regardless of the candidates, make a free society impossible?
What if the estimated fourteen billion dollars spent electing politicians in 2020 could have been invested into economic growth?
What if a free society (based on property rights) includes the necessary incentives to govern itself?
What if a free society is the best means of defending the country from foreign attack?
State Control of Money and Banking
What if a free society provides a safe medium of exchange?
What if our government criminalizes the market’s choice of money, which has historically been gold and silver coins, so that it can expand control over our lives?
What if our government criminalizes society’s choice of money so it can reward preferred constituencies through central bank inflation?
What if central banks cannot exist in a free market because they require government support for their operation?
What if “government support” amounts to forcefully prohibiting any competition to the central bank or the money it issues?
What if peace and prosperity are the hallmarks of a market-selected money, as shown in the last half of the nineteenth century?
What if the nineteenth century robber barons were a result of government favors rather than an indictment of the free market?
What if war, debt, and money devaluation are the hallmarks of the central bank’s fiat money?
What if banking crises result from the practice of fractional reserve banking?
What if fractional reserve banking satisfies the definition of embezzlement but is not regarded as such legally?
What if banks that practiced fractional reserve banking turned to the government to establish a central bank for protection?
What if banks that practiced fractional reserve banking could be criminally prosecuted?
State Control of Education
What if the government takes control of the country’s educational institutions?
What if people are taught from day one that their government exists to defend their natural rights as human beings?
What if events unfavorable to the government are sanitized or excluded from its recorded history?
What if adults accept the idea that the government as we know it is a naturally evolving social phenomenon that strives to serve our best interests?
What if the closed-door Constitutional Convention was not a step in the direction of freedom but a revolt against freedom? (See this as well.)
What if the Constitution provides for the expansion of government power through ambiguous clauses that the government itself gets to interpret?
What if the rationale that the Constitution is not a suicide pact renders the Bill of Rights null and void during “emergencies”?
What if the state evolved from a raiding party set upon a peaceful society? What if the raiding party used its superiority to force the conquered into a protection racket? What if they called the racket government?
What if Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Money, and other “Big” influences derive their power from favors bestowed by the state?
What if enough people make known their wish for a state-free existence? What if they make known the supreme advantages of a state-free society? What if the state then begins to weaken through attrition in its ranks?
What if the people, under the control of a weakening state, demand the state dissolve itself completely, perhaps by refusing to pay taxes?
What if people surrender victimhood and graft and begin to take full responsibility for their lives?
Originally published at Mises.org.
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