Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

December 12, 2010

Private Property = Freedom

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — tkweber @ 8:02 am

“It seems obvious to me now – though I have been slow, I must say, in coming to the conclusion – that the institution of private property is one of the main things that have given man that limited amount of free-and-equalness that Marx hoped to render infinite by abolishing this institution. Strangely enough Marx was the first to see this. He is the one who informed us, looking backwards, that the eveolution of private capitalism with its free market had been a precondition for the evolution of all our democratic freedoms. It never occurred to him, looking forward, that if this was so, these other freedoms might disappear with the abolition of the free market.” (Max Eastman, “Socialism Doesn’t Jibe with Human Nature,” Reader’s Digest, vol. 38, June 1941, p. 47. Quoted in Hayek, “The Road to Serfdom,” p. 136)

“And who would deny that a world in which the wealthy are powerful is still a better world than one in which only the already powerful can acquire wealth?” (Hayek, 136)

December 11, 2010

Democracy Threatened

Filed under: Politics — tkweber @ 8:40 am

“The inability of democratic assemblies to carry out  what seems to be a clear mandate of the people will inevitably cause dissatisfaction with democratic institutions…The conviction grows that if effective planning is to be done, the direction must be ‘taken out of politics’ and placed in the hands of experts – permanent officials or independent autonomous bodies.”

“The belief is becoming more and more widespread that, if things are to get done, the responsible authorities must be freed from the fetters of democratic procedure…Hitler did not have to destroy democracy; he merely took advantage of the decay of democracy and at the critical moment obtained the support of many to whom, though they detested Hitler, he yet seemed the only man strong enough to get things done.” (F.A. Hayek, “The Road to Serfdom,” pp. 104, 108)

I fear that such conditions are imminent in the U.S. and, if realized, will result in revolution and the loss of liberty. We must return to the core principles of the Constitution, reduce the size, scope and authority of government, and restore individual liberty and responsibility if we are to remain a free society.

December 2, 2010

The Forgotten Man

Filed under: Uncategorized — tkweber @ 4:12 pm

“As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X or, in the better case, what A, B and C shall do for X…What I want to do is to look up C…I call him the Forgotten Man…He is the man who never is thought of. He is the victim of the reformer, social speculator, and philanthropist, and I hope to show you before I get through that he deserves your notice both for his character and for the many burdens which are laid upon him.” (William Graham Sumner, 1883. Quoted in Henry Hazlitt, “Economics in One Lesson,” p. 178)

We are quickly becoming a nation of forgotten men and women as the Welfare State continues its out-of-control growth.

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