Monday, February 22, 2016

What Road for America -- Liberty or Political Plunder?

Richard Ebeling emails:

Dear Bob,

I have a new article on the news and commentary website, "EpicTimes," on "What Road for America -- Liberty or Political Plunder."

Bombarded with the minutia of the presidential primary campaigns, we easily lose sight of the broader and more fundamental principles concerning the political process: peaceful production or predatory plunder?

Those are the two primary means by which people can interact with each other and get what they want.

The political process, whether it be the older system of kings and princes or the newer democratic system of special interest coalition building for winning majorities, remains the same: using the power of government to redistribute by compulsion what others have that you want.

This is in stark contrast to the peaceful system of production and trade. The hallmarks of this arrangement of human association is individual rights and Liberty, voluntary exchange, and reinforcing mutual gain and improvement.

Listening to the assertions, claims and promises of virtually all the candidates offering themselves for the presidency of the United States, we are continuing down a road of mutual plunder.

Our task -- yours and mine -- is to work to reawaken an appreciation and awareness of to where such a road eventually leads, and the need to find our way back to the path to Liberty.


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