Doesn’t it perplex you that people search outside of themselves for answers to life’s problems. One of the worse places to seek answers is the government. Of course, greedy, altruistic people promise to supply the solutions. One quick glance at our economic woes tells us this isn’t the place to look.
During Ronald Reagan’s inaugural address delivered on January 20, 1981, he said “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems: government is the problem. Well, things haven’t changed. People still believe in the illusion of government solutions to economic problems.
Let’s get real and face reality. Governments are masters at creating poverty, misery, death and destruction. What they are very inept at is creating wealth and prosperity for their citizens. In fact, the only way governments can help economies is by getting the hell out of the way.
The belief that the “Government ought to do something” is not only an illusion, but qualifies as delusional thinking.
People act as if the government possesses magical powers that can solve our individual and social ills. All this mythical entity has to do is wave its wand and all our problems vanish in a blink of an eye. I know, most people would state that this belief is ridiculous. However, is that what they really think. I can prove that the majority of people act as if the government somehow acquired omnipotent powers.
How many times have you heard someone say “Government ought to do something.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hearing that mindless statement all my life. If you ask the person making the statement what government should do, quite often he says he doesn’t know—but the government should do something.
When enough people believe in “The Big Illusion” or what some call “The Big Lie” there will always be charlatans that claim to know what should be done. These purveyors of mischief and mayhem usually practice occupations called politician, intellectual, bureaucrat, world-improver, do-gooder, altruist, etc. Government needs the support and propaganda tactics of these “professionals” to endow “The Big Illusion” with a potency of its own. Of course, the establishment media makes sure we have enough deluded citizens waiting in line to receive their shot of the “cure.”
What Government is Not
Government is not some real life Santa Claus that dispenses gifts upon its citizens, despite the fact that altruists and intellectuals claim otherwise. It may seem government performs magical feats, but this is an illusion of limited consciousness.
Let’s continue our attack and conquer “The Big Illusion.”
As mention before, government has absolutely no earned wealth of its own. It definitely doesn’t have the tools to create wealth. The only money it can get its greedy hands on comes from the hapless citizens in the form of taxes and inflation. It also sells bonds on the open market; however, it’s apparent that the funds it receives are diverted from productive free enterprise ventures into government coffers.
Since it doesn’t create any wealth, how can it possibly dispense “goodies” to its citizens? There is only one way. It extracts the “gifts” from its citizens. When the voters support another government program and vote for politicians who “promise” to institute it, they unwittingly confiscate themselves.
I think we understand that government masquerades as a Santa Claus figure, but in reality manifests as an evil Robin Hood. Even the supposedly good Robin Hood is a thief. Forcibly taking from one individual or group to give to another individual or group is immoral, no matter what justification do-gooders and altruists spout to support it.
The Nature of Government
Government is the apparatus of violent compulsion and coercion (force). It’s only legitimate function is to protect an individual’s life, liberty and property. All transfer programs amount to nothing but theft.
Two types of exchange between groups and individuals exist, voluntary and involuntary. In a voluntary exchange, all parties enter it of their free will. Government has no business interfering with this type of exchange. In an involuntary exchange, at least one party is involved against his will. Robbery, rape, murder, theft, etc. are examples of involuntary exchanges. Government applies its apparatus of violent compulsion and coercion to arrest criminals involved these anti-social acts. It is government’s only legitimate function.
When people notice social phenomena they disapprove of—acts that result from voluntary exchanges, they often claim “Government ought to do something.” What the man or woman who makes this thoughtless statement needs to realize is that he or she is supporting the use of government force against innocent people. The liberty violator advocates restrictions against individual freedom.
As you can see the statement “government ought to do something” is a dangerous illusion and leads to massive violations of an individual’s life, liberty and property.
In fact, the disastrous results we are experiencing in the form of economic turmoil, foreign excursions, restrictions on personal freedom, etc. are caused by the growth of a gigantic, destructive entity. Its citizens have allowed a sentence we can call the “The Big Illusion”, a simple but dangerous five-word sentence to create a beast of mythical proportions that threatens to permanently destroy “The American Dream.” Fortunately, you and I are doing our best to conquer that evil illusion. We live as warriors for personal liberty and freedom.
The above is an excerpt from the book 7 Destructive Economic Illusions Conquered.
RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze