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Welfare State: The Evil Agenda Behind the RH Bill

November 21, 2010

The only way to fight poverty is to guarantee economic freedom.

A blog commenter codenamed the_educator wrote: “First, let me just say that while I enjoyed the first half of the article, I think

All government crises were caused by welfare-statist programs or big government...  Be careful what you wish for.

All government crises were caused by welfare-statist programs or big government... Be careful what you wish for.

the integrity of your article was compromised by you resorting to name-calling (free farters) and clear violations of Godwin’s Law (neo-Nazi). You also showed clear bias in calling out justinaquino’s grammatical errors while not mentioning Tamarindox’s. That being said, I’d like to proceed to the crux of this response. Your viewpoint is apparent when it comes to the role of government: the protection of the rights of the individual as opposed to it providing social services. This is an ideological and philosophical issue, you are espousing Objectivism and hold the same views as the GOP.” (Read the rest of the comment here.)

Here’s my reply:

This merely shows your inability to understand and digest concepts. You simply look at the terms I used as “name-calls” or smear terms without exerting some effort to understand why I used them. Here’s my friendly advice: don’t simply form an argument out of a single blog article. Have patience to understand the whole context of my anti-RH bill stance no matter how you detest or reject it by looking at my other anti-RH bill blogs. That’s a sign of intellectual honesty. Also, that would somehow show you’re interested to engage in a rational discussion. But whether or not you’re interested in my answer, let this be my readers’ guide to my anti-RH bill stance.

Here’s what you missed. You simply confused name-calling with identification. Name-calling per se (that is, without justification or showing any evidence to support one’s claim) is bad. In any discourse or debate, we have to identify our opponent- what is it that motivates him- why does he act or think in such a way- what’s the fundamental premise of his beliefs or arguments. Thus, identification is necessary no matter how harsh it may appear to the other party. When one is faced with an opponent, one has to identify the latter’s beliefs or ideology. The rule here is: know thy self and know thy enemy. This simply means that the “real” enemy is not the person, but the belief or ideology. One must not confuse an entity or a person with an ideology. The first is the “motivated”, as he embodies or acts on a particular premise, ideology or belief. The second is the motivator or the source of motivation.

Thus, what I mean is that an “identification” of a person’s belief or ideology is a form of moral judgment. Judge and be ready to be judged: this is the rule in a rational society. One must not hesitate to make a moral judgment.

My anti-reproductive health bill articles clearly show that I did not resort to name-calling (if one knows the proper meaning of this concept). I simply identified the ideological or philosophical “motivation” of my opponents—their belief system or that which motivates them to dogmatically cling on to their pro-RH bill position.

I am motivated by my pro-free market and pro-reason convictions. I don’t believe in welfare-statism or nanny statism. The pro-RH bill mob, which I strongly detest, is motivated by its knee-jerk belief that the government must provide the people, especially the poor, with their needs, that we are our brothers’ keepers, and that we must collectively contribute to the promotion of the common good or the greater good.

It is true that I used the term “neo-Nazism” to describe the ideology of these pro-RH bill fanatics. Observe that it is not the individual or the mob that I identified here, but the ideology. This is the difference between name-calling and identification. Name-calling is directed at the individual target regardless of his/her beliefs or motivation. Identification does the opposite; its purpose is to identify or to pick out that which motivates or moves the individual. Name-calling is an irrational, illogical method of argumentation, while identification is hinged on the concept or principle of causality, or the concept of cause and effect. In this contentious RH bill debate, the arguments and advocacy being espoused by the pro-RH bill mob is the effect of a cause: the statist/neo-Nazi ideology.

Now let’s define our terms.

Welfare state failed across the world.

Welfare state failed across the world.

Nazism is a form of statist or totalitarian ideology. There are many forms of statist or totalitarian ideologies, such as socialism, communism, fascism, theocracy, political Islamism, etc. These statist ideologies seek absolute control of the lives of the people, and diminish or even obliterate their freedom. Although Nazism was, historically speaking, strictly applied in Germany, it still bears striking resemblance to other totalitarian ideologies, like fascism and socialism. Nazism means National Socialism, and history tells us that Adolf Hitler and his top propagandist Joseph Goebbels tried their best to distinguish their party and ideology from that of Stalin’s socialism in order to avoid confusion.

In this post titled The Insane Logic of Stupid Socialists, I distinguish between Nazism, fascism and capitalism (these are not simply my views; they are based on historical facts):

  1. Communism, fascism, and capitalism are three terms with distinct meaning, concept, or definition.
  2. Fascism and capitalism do not have the same meaning and concept. In fact they are opposites.
  3. Fascism is about “radical and authoritarian” rule of a political despot, while capitalism is a political system that respects individual rights and recognizes the application of objective laws and legal principles.
  4. Communism is a collectivist political ideology that rejects individual rights, subjugates the individual to the collective, and regards man as the means to the ends of others or the state. Capitalism is the recognition that the individual is an end in himself and not the means to the ends of others.
  5. Communism and fascism are both a collectivist ideology.

For the benefit of those who embrace reason and who are still willing to think and to use their mind, let me lay down the similarities between Communism and Fascism. They are as follows:

  • Both communism and fascism reject the concept of individual rights. Both regard the individual as the means to the ends of others. Capitalism does the opposite.
  • Both communism and fascism are collectivist ideologies.
  • Both communism and fascism are a form of totalitarian rule or dictatorship. Any individual may be sacrificed or immolated for the sake of common good, public welfare, or whatever the majority or the dictator deems as ‘practical’ or ‘necessary’ for the sake of the good of the majority or the state.
  • Both communism and fascism negate the concept of private property. If communism regards private property as nonexistent, fascism regards private property as a political privilege that may only be given to a special class or group of people (e.g., cronies, czars, etc.)
  • Both communism and fascism regard that political power may only be achieved through bloody revolution or class struggle.
  • Both communism and fascism are racist ideologies. Karl Marx regarded the capitalist people or states as “racial trash”, while Adolf Hitler considered the Jews and ethnic minorities as lower forms of animal.
  • Both communism and fascism are enemies of capitalism.
  • Both communism and fascism consider the fact that killing is necessary to achieve their respective political or utopian goal.

So why do I call the pro-RH bill fanatics “neo-Nazis” and socialists. It’s because of the anti-freedom and anti-rights ideology that motivates them: statism. The pro-RH bill fanatics root for the government or the state to provide the people with their RH care needs. Is there anything wrong with this statist wish? Yes, morally and politically. We’ve been led or indoctrinated to believe that the state or the government is the people’s benevolent provider. As an advocate of capitalism and reason, I don’t believe that it’s the duty of the government to provide the people with their needs. The only proper role of government is to protect individual rights. The RH bill seeks to turn the government into a nanny state in the name of the welfare of the poor and women. More government welfare or roles means expanded state powers to rule our lives.

For example, the Nazi Party included the following point in its sweeping program: “The State has the duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing maternity welfare centers, by prohibiting juvenile labor, by increasing physical fitness through the introduction of compulsory games and gymnastics, and by the greatest possible encouragement of associations concerned with the physical education of the young.”

Of course one might argue that such a program was only implemented in Germany, but we are here talking about principles. A particular political policy with all its ramifications and provisions applied in one political setting cannot be exactly implemented or applied in another political setting. The important thing is the principle behind this statist policy. History has it that Nazi Germany was inspired by the eugenics or anti-population control program of the Spartans more than 2000 years ago. Both societies preached the virtue of common good and that every individual merely exists for the state.

The same principle is being applied in Cuba. Article 43 of the Cuban socialist 1992 Constitution states that “citizens, regardless of race, skin color, sex, religious belief, national origin and any situation that may be harmful to human dignity” be given not merely  “health care in all medical institutions”, but also equal pay for equal work, education, etc.

That same principle is also being applied in Venezuela, North Korea, China, Sweden, and almost all socialist and statist slave pens on earth.

Again, strict reproducibility of these statist programs is not what is at stake here but PRINCIPLES.

The concept of protection of individual rights is indeed fundamentally opposed to a state-imposed provision of social services. Again, the latter is not the purpose of government. I’ve explained this issue many times in my previous blog posts. First, because the government is not a productive agency and, in fact, it is the most dependent entity on earth, meaning it relies on the people or the taxpayers for revenue or source of income. It means that more services require more government spending, and reality tells us that the government is currently suffering from huge budget deficit and huge foreign debt.

Second, since the government is already cash-strapped, the only way for it to provide the many statist promises of the RH bill is to turn to businessmen and health care providers. We are not Sweden– or we don’t enjoy the benefits of the early capitalist period of Sweden wherein it was still economically strong. Sweden was “somehow” able to provide universal health care, education, etc. to its people because of the success of its capitalist past before 1960s, or precisely before the rise of the socialists and leftists. It is socialism that drained the wealth produced by Sweden’s capitalist past following the rise of socialism. When welfare statism was established in Sweden by its socialist politicians, it had the wealth and money to support it because of its successful free-market past, but it was the statist policies that drove businessmen and professionals away and bankrupted the country.

How about us? Do we have anything or wealth to start with? Nothing! We don’t have any successful capitalist past that would have provided the government with enough financial backing to support and sustain its welfare statist goals. We are already bankrupt and we would be more so should we implement this socialist RH bill. Is this hard to understand? Instead of pumping more controls and regulations into our troubled economy, our politicians should start facing reality. Controls and regulations do not create wealth simply because they stunt economic freedom, which is a sine qua non to economic progress. Winnie Monsod’s confused economics cannot save this country.

I provided here how the RH bill would impact our economy, our rights and freedom.

It is true that I’m motivated by the philosophy of Objectivism. But what is Objectivism in the first place? This philosophy holds reason as an absolute—that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others— and it tells an individual how to live his life, properly and rationally. It is an all-encompassing philosophy, and not merely a political ideology. Objectivism tells every rational man that the only proper and moral political system is Capitalism because it is consistent with man’s nature and rights. Man’s nature holds that man is not a sacrificial animal—that he must use reason in order to survive—that he must not violate or disrespect the rights of others by initiating the use of force. Man’s rights hold that man can only survive in a rights-respecting society, where he is entitled to his life, liberty, property and his pursuit of happiness. Objectivism rejects any form of statism and the use of physical force and fraud.

I find it pathetic- a good example of anti-intellectualism and intellectual laziness- that people dismiss my anti-RH bill position by simply pointing out that it is founded on Objectivism without understanding what this philosophy is all about. By the way, the GOP or the Republican Party is NOT an Objectivist party. Objectivism, like any philosophy (e.i., Arstotelianism, Platism or Kantianism), is engaged in a philosophical battle of our time; it is not a political movement. In fact, the GOP had long been hijacked by religious conservatives who aspire to establish theocracy in America.

I can also use the same trick by asking: “what’s the ideological or philosophical basis of the RH bill?” The answer is socialism or statism, of course. As a country, we should found our political and economic system on reality-based principles. Many societies collapsed because their systems were based on fantasy or non-reality. Capitalism is a system that’s fundamentally hinged on reality, as it is consistent with man’s nature and rights.

On the other hand, the government cannot legislate poverty away simply because legal mechanisms, which are in reality forms of impediment, do not help in or contribute to the creation of wealth. It is utterly wrong to assume that the government can solve poverty by spending money on it. In the first place, where will the government get the money or wealth? The government does not produce wealth; it merely depends upon those who produce or create it. This clearly shows that the philosophy, ideology, science, economics and politics of the pro-RH bill mob are utterly wrong in all respects.

The notion that a government should spend its way out of poverty is what motivated and continue to motivate statist politicians and dictators who bankrupted their own countries. This notion is embodied in non-reality based economic principles and concepts such as Keynesianism or Keynesian economics, monetarism, Soviet Russia’s Gosplan, Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika, U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing, among others. Economic fantasy or non-reality economics is what a mad politician named Robert Mugabe implemented in Zimbabwe that caused great poverty and misery to his people. Mugabe embarked on debt monetization to fight poverty and to provide the needs of his people, meaning he printed tons and tons of paper money out of nothing when no one was actually producing wealth in his country. This neo-mystic approach (since Mugabe is a political quack doctor) led to what is known as hyperinflation wherein a loaf of bread in Zimbabwe in 2008 cost $7 million. Why did Mugabe do that? It’s because his programs were concentrated on universal health care, free education, etc. In short: welfare state. This confirms that old maxim that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Also in Zimbabwe, there’s no such thing as economic freedom and individual rights are not duly protected- or even flagrantly violated- by the Mugabe regime.

The same principle is being applied in the United States by President Barack Obama. Since the enactment of the Obama care (a law that would provide free health care to millions of Americans) in 2009, the Federal Reserve has started printing tons and tons of paper money out of thin air, a statist act that threatens not merely America’s middle class, but also every dollar holder worldwide, China in particular. And since America no longer has the money to support its welfare state programs, particularly the Obamacare, and since it can no longer borrow another one trillion dollar from China, it resorted to a money-making magical trick called quantitative easing that allows the Federal Reserve to pump another $600 billion into America’s ailing economy. This means that the Obama government has just printed another tons and tons of paper money out of thin air and that the rest of the world would be severely affected. Inflation, financial crisis, and more government controls and regulations are just some of the many consequences of Welfare Statism. Welfare state is the idea that the government must babysit its people from womb to tomb- that it has to protect its people from themselves- that it has to play an indispensable role in the lives of its inhabitants.

Ideas have consequences. If implemented, the RH bill, which is a welfare statist idea, would have negative consequences on our ailing economy, freedom and rights. Every onerous political program (e.i., a program that requires fiscal backing) relies on the financial backbone of our economy. One cannot merely say: “why should we worry about the source of funding?” This kind of mentality is what bankrupted most societies in the past and even today. Look at Greece wherein its socialist politicians established welfare statism. Greece’s economic downfall affected the whole EU bloc simply because the economies of Europe are attached to the euro. Thankfully, Greece and all members of the European Union cannot print their own paper money.

The only way to fight poverty is to guarantee economic freedom. The case of Hong Kong is the best example I could give. Several decades ago, we were richer and more economically stable compared to Hong Kong. This tiny state did not achieve economic success by establishing welfare statism or spending its way out of poverty. Hong Kong is rich and successful because of its less intrusive economic and political climate. For example, tariff or duty is not imposed on products shipped into Hong Kong. Also, taxes are levied only on particular products, such as automobiles, gasoline, tobacco, and alcohol. This is beneficial to both Hong Kong nationals and importers, including businessmen and investors, because goods are cheap in this Chinese territory. In fact, this reality-based policy is the best way to fight poverty.

By contrast, foreign investors leave and avoid the Philippines because of its too intrusive economic and political environment, graft and corruption, bribery, and too much corporate and business-related taxes, as the total tax rate that businesses pay after profits goes as high as 45 percent. Apart from threatening to implement RH programs in the country, our Congress also plan to implement universal health care and antitrust law, statist proposals that are utterly anti-business and anti-economic freedom.

If the pro-RH bill mob had any brains, they would have understood that the RH bill is a very intrusive regulatory mechanism. Its provisions on “employers’ responsibility” will definitely discourage both local and foreign businessmen to invest in the Philippines. Since employers would be obliged by law or at the point of gun to provide their workers with RH care services, the former would be compelled to increase the prices of their products and services, thus affecting consumers. The government cannot simply prohibit employers from increasing the prices of their commodities and services by imposing price controls, otherwise businesses would go bankrupt or be forced to close. This is what is happening now in America.

Just recently, Barack Obama issued 111 Obamacare waivers, exempting several companies, particularly those with political connections, from spending too much health care on their workers. And don’t ever tell me that Obama care is different from our RH bill. Yes, they are different in terms of label/name and scope, but they are based on the same principle: welfare statism and government control. Several companies, which include McDonalds, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Jack in the Box are among the large, headline-garnering employers appealed to the Obama administration for temporary waivers because they cannot strictly provide the health care needs of their workers without laying off or firing some of their workers.

If this is what’s happening now in America, do you, pro-RH bill fanatics, have any assurance that this welfare state tragedy won’t happen in the Philippines?

Think! This is our only way out of poverty and dictatorship.

  • NOTE: I don’t share the Catholic, religious arguments against the RH bill. I offer a secularist view founded on reason, objective law and the nature and rights of man. Check the anti-RH bill blog articles HERE.
19 Comments leave one →
  1. the_educator permalink
    November 21, 2010 3:38

    Me again.

    I promise I’ll read more of your articles when I have the time. I went through this one, and I failed to see where you justified calling free thinkers “free farters”. I do appreciate the fact that you did not refer to them as such in this article. I also noticed that you prefer using the more popular and hence more inflammatory term neo-Nazi rather than what would seem to be the more appropriate term “statist”. Neo-Nazism implies racial superiority and anti-Semitism, and I doubt there are enough anti-Semites in the anti-RH camp that would qualify the group to be labelled as such. Just saying.

    Now, you said that “The only proper role of government is to protect individual rights.”. If that is your belief, then you are entitled to it. However, using your explanation, I would like to refer to Article 22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

    “Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organisation and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.”

    Wouldn’t information regarding birth control, reproductive health, and contraception fall under these “social services” which are guaranteed by the UDHR? Or are we talking about some other definition of individual rights?

    As for the government spending its way out of problems, I think my simple answer may have been to simple. You are, of course, right about government not creating wealth. It does use wealth generated by others. And you did ask a good question: Where will government get its “spending money”. From taxpayers, of course. Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems to me that you are espousing small governments and lower taxes (which lead to my hasty, and consequently faulty, comparison to the GOP). My statement that government must spend its way out of problems may have been to crude. I merely meant to imply that government measures invariably cost money, and yes, at the expense of the taxpayer. The wealthy may be paying more for social services that they do not directly enjoy, but at the same time they are reaping the benefits of it (better educated workforce, healthier masses that do not spread diseases to those that can afford the medicine but don’t want to be inconvenienced with a bad case of influenza, and so on). This creates an atmosphere where people can create more of that yummy wealth for themselves, as well as increasing our HDI score.

    Guaranteeing economic freedom may be the endgame, but right now legislation is needed so that we can reach that position where we can truly depend on our economic system to function independent from government controls.

    We have finite resources. We cannot have more people eating from the same pie. We must either control population or expand our wealth, but I would rather we do both.

    The “intrusive economic and political environment” that turns investors off is indeed a product of our laws, but that goes hand in hand with implementation. Besides, a lot of these “anti-business” laws were put in place to safeguard the right of employees (UDHR Articles 23 and 24). If these businesses had, in good faith, done everything it could to prevent the exploitation and abuse of workers, then why would we need these laws? There would be no justification for these.

    Also, I do not have anything against your beliefs or your positions. I am after clear and honest dialog and discussion without ad hominem attacks or questions regarding my intellectual capacity. I appreciate your blog since it is another perspective worth discussing, but what turns me off in discussions is the use of non-essential labels and condescension. I would rather we continue to discuss this as adults.

    • the_educator permalink
      November 21, 2010 3:38

      Neo-Nazism implies racial superiority and anti-Semitism, and I doubt there are enough anti-Semites in the *anti-RH camp that would qualify the group to be labelled as such.

      Sorry, brain fart. I meant pro-RH camp.

      • November 21, 2010 3:38

        “Neo-Nazism implies racial superiority and anti-Semitism, and I doubt there are enough anti-Semites in the *anti-RH camp that would qualify the group to be labelled as such.”

        Oh yeah… Did I not say principles? But anti-semitism and racial superiority are just two of the attributes of Nazism. This is what people here don’t get. And why the hell these mindless leftists call the pro-capitalists and capitalists “Nazis”? Because they see principles, yet mangled, distorted principles. I’ve discussed that above (The Stupid Logic of the Socialists). Like I said, the principle of reproducibility or exactness of policy application does not apply and cannot be exactly applied. Even the communists or the socialists have different versions of Marxism or Marxist ideology. Your argument here shows your failure to sort out categories. I’m also aware that Mussolini once said that his fascism cannot be exported, but many countries are called fascists because they follow Mussolini’s principles. Heck! Even Mussolini followed the principles or ideology applied in ancient Sparta.

    • November 21, 2010 3:38

      First I had to write a long post (above) in reply to your questions (even if I don’t know who you are and your intention) because most of the issues you raised comprise the dominant mentality of most of my commenters.

      “I promise I’ll read more of your articles when I have the time. I went through this one, and I failed to see where you justified calling free thinkers “free farters”.”

      I answered that here- https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/formspring-answers-2-capitalism-free-farters-starbucks-euthanasia-and-obama/

      It’s because they are free-farters. They have a perverted, distorted concept of reason. They are wrong on every social program they support and advocate like the RH bill. They support the establishment of big government or neo-fascist government in this country. They don’t understand the concept of rights and freedom. They are statists.

      And it’s because there’s no such a thing as theist movement. I’m an atheist but I don’t think my atheism is a big deal. Atheism is not a philosophy. It should not be made a movement or a fellowship of nihilists. If the free-farters had any brains, they’d understand that the so-called freethought is nothing but an “atheistic philosophy.” And there’s no such thing as an atheist philosophy.

      You said: “Wouldn’t information regarding birth control, reproductive health, and contraception fall under these “social services” which are guaranteed by the UDHR? Or are we talking about some other definition of individual rights?”

      First, let me say that there is order in the universe. In science, they call it cosmos. On earth, there is order. There is the law of nature. There is this ‘natural order’ in how we conduct our lives. An economic-political system to be effective needs to consider man’s nature and rights (this principle is part of natural law). But thanks to the philosophy of Aristotle that over 200 years ago, a nation now called the United States of America was established on the tenet that ‘man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others.’ For all its faults, America established a society based on the nature of man. Some people, especially the leftists, might argue, “but there was slavery in America.” We, human beings, descended from slavery, and America, through its system of capitalism, abrogated slavery. I discuss these issues here: French Founders to 1987 Constitution Framers: IGNORAMUSES! and here The Altruist-Collectivist Mentality and the Revival of Mysticism.

      As to your universal declaration of human rights. That intellectually bankrupt UN? Second, one has to understand the proper concept of rights and the proper role of government. Even education is part of the services to be rendered free by the government. That socialist/welfarist UN! The fact that it was in the UDHR does not make a WRONG right! I discussed this issues here: French Founders to 1987 Constitution Framers: IGNORAMUSES!, Dealing with Mediocrity, Let the Whole Woodstock of Hippies Disagree With Me!, “Salus Populi Est Suprema Lex” is an Evil Concept, “Right to Education” Advocates: Evil Enemies of Individual Freedom!, The “Right to Education” is an Invalid Concept.

      And this one: Big Government Means Economic Disaster.

      In regard to the RH bill, I have dissected Edcel Lagman’s sick mind here Debunking the ‘Guiding Principles’ of the Fascist RH Bill and the Sick Mind of Edcel Lagman. I don’t know why people in his district keep electing a sick mind like him. Well, most of our politicians are sick minds…

      You said: “As for the government spending its way out of problems, I think my simple answer may have been to simple. You are, of course, right about government not creating wealth.”

      Does it create wealth? What does wealth mean? In Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, wealth refers to actually produced goods and commodities and services to be sold in the market. These goods and services are what people want and they fall within the ambit of law of supply and demand. It does not refer to money. Printng paper money out of thin air is NOT synonymous to “wealth.” Bill Whittle properly explained the concept of “wealth creation” here and he distinguished between wealth and money http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkXI-MNSb8Q.

      You said: “And you did ask a good question: Where will government get its “spending money”. From taxpayers, of course. Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems to me that you are espousing small governments and lower taxes (which lead to my hasty, and consequently faulty, comparison to the GOP).”

      Yes, I am. And don’t make a mistake, I’m not an anarchist. Government is necessary for the protection of individual rights. I explained this concept here Freedom in Education Versus Right to Education.

      You said: ” The wealthy may be paying more for social services that they do not directly enjoy, but at the same time they are reaping the benefits of it (better educated workforce, healthier masses that do not spread diseases to those that can afford the medicine but don’t want to be inconvenienced with a bad case of influenza, and so on). This creates an atmosphere where people can create more of that yummy wealth for themselves, as well as increasing our HDI score.”

      First, I believe that’s what my post is all about. The ability to digest and integrate concepts is very important here. That’s called reason, which means the faculty that identifies and integrates the material provided by our senses. I don’t have to repeat what I stated above.

      Second, let me tell you that I’m not an economist. But not being an economist does not preclude anyone from understanding the principles of economics. One only has to know the lever- and how it properly works by being more interested in philosophy, and by philosophy I mean the right one. That system you mentioned- ” wealthy may be paying more for social services that they do not directly enjoy, but at the same time they are reaping the benefits of it”- is itself anti-poor. It will not benefit the poor in the long run. The system you mentioned is what is causing great misery in most societies, Europe in particular (plus the US now). What you mean to say, in layman’s term, is that the government must sacrifice the successful, the rich, the producers to the weak, the poor, the lazy in the name of common good. This policy has long been practiced in many societies in the past (Nazi Germany wherein Hitler confiscated the wealth of the Jews, the United States under FDR wherein he issued Executive Order in April 5, 1933 confiscating the gold of the rich, Soviet Russia, etc.)

      Henry Hazlitt, an economist, a journalist and a book author, warned us about the evil of welfare statism in his famous book Economics in One Lesson. He said: “The bad economist sees only what immediately strikes the eye; the good economist also looks beyond. The bad economist sees only the direct consequences of a proposed course; the good economist looks also at the longer and indirect consequences. The bad economist sees only what the effect of a given policy has been or will be on one particular group; the good economist inquires also what the effect of the policy will be on all groups.” There, you’re talking about the policy of the “bad economist.” We can’t afford to follow the advice of the bad economist here like Winnie Monsod.

      Here’s Hazlitt’s The Broken Window Fallacy.

      You said: “Guaranteeing economic freedom may be the endgame, but right now legislation is needed so that we can reach that position where we can truly depend on our economic system to function independent from government controls.”

      What do you mean by endgame? Legislation is needed for what? Of course legislation is needed, but you have to properly define your premise here. What is it needed for according to your understanding of politics and economics? You have to digest the second statement because honestly, it’s full of ramifications and contradictions. It’s a good example of vague generalities. It’s like you’re talking about the economics of common good.

      Nonetheless, a Facebook friend Prof. Lawrence Reed, an Economics professor and director of Foundation for Economics Education, wrote an article entitled 7 Fallacies of Economics.

  2. Michael Spliedt permalink
    November 22, 2010 3:38

    I’d like you to encourage you to go out there and tell people more about your ideas, i believe the modern western society needs more confrontation and mental stimulation. People have become bored and lazy… too fat with the good life of consumerism, to little pain to encourage change or even just doubt in the current system. Just like Hitler, he learned early on, you must meet the people on the ground, speak to them, encourage them, instill them with hope of greater things… all this can only be done at street level, face to face. He was very effective at what he did.

  3. November 22, 2010 3:38

    Hi! from Anaheim. I am a fan of your blog

  4. rose permalink
    September 18, 2011 3:38

    abstinence is what the catholic church preaches. The catholic church in the philippines is spending a lot of money to pass this bill, they even imported an American lay preacher to preach abstinence to the young. Yet this same preacher is seen everyday in a massage parlor along Sumulong Highway….. & has even had affairs with a couple of the young girls “masseuse”. mind you this same preacherman has a wife & 2 kids in L.A.
    Abstinence indeed…… Can’t the Catholic Church do anything right? or at least check out who you want to speak for you?

  5. Fan of this blog_anti-RH permalink
    November 22, 2012 3:38

    You don’t need to go out there to SHARE this info…facebook and twitter can do the job. What I do is SHARE this as much as I can…you can also do it.

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