Saturday, January 24, 2015

Utopian Central Planning Always Leads to Misery


Utopian Central Planning Always Fails.


Here we are once again with two or three stories merging together at the same time to reveal the inner workings of utopian statism.  In one corner we have a doctor in the UK admitting that they are going bankrupt and are going to have to privatize Health Care.  In the other corner we have a new study from the Danes showing that they aren't in fact all that happy, and their utopian statist experiment is going down faster than the Hindenburg.  In a third corner we have the UK admitting they use a "death test".  This is basically a kind way of saying, you aren't worth serving health care too.

The left is of course either ignoring these stories, or in the case of the latter using their typical tourette syndrome tactics.  The New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch who own Faux News!  This study is bunk, just because they drink excessively all the time doesn't mean they are unhappy!

Both of these stories share some common points

Liberals are immoral

The state cannot make you happy when it has to steal from another person's life force to provide you
the goods and services you refuse to supply for yourself.  The whole point of liberty is that two actions lead to drastically different results.  The person who makes bad choices then becomes unhappy and chooses to change their lives to seek out the right choices to find their happiness.  That's the whole, pursuit of happiness.  Free will to find what makes you happy, that doesn't involve stealing or hurting from someone else.  That's the whole moral problem with utopian statism.  In order to "help" one person you have to steal from someone else.  You are costing one person's happiness in order to help another.  Statism is inherently immoral.  Our founders recognized this and thusly called their newly formed constitutional republic a necessary evil.  Too little government is just as dangerous as too much government.  Prosperity requires a stable civil society that respects natural law and private property.  All too often anarchic societies degrade into micro tyranny.  Might makes right, as nature abhors a vacuum of power.

Liberals have too much hubris

The state will never have enough information to successfully plan our lives from the top down.  Utopian statism believes that the state through smart enough planning can short circuit natural law.  It's never happened and never will.  The central planners will never have enough information.  This is a symptom of too much hubris in the liberal mind.  They truly believe they can run your life better than you can run your own life.  It doesn't matter that their countless attempts at tinkering with society have led to misery.  From the minimum wage causing 25% unemployment amongst the youth, to toilet paper shortages in Venezuela.  It doesn't matter what is being planned and where it's being planned, central planning will fail and collapse on itself.  It's also happened here in America in other ways.  Nixon set a price cap on gasoline.  The result?  Gas lines.  FDR decided he knew better than the market, as to what the farmer should make.  The result?  Food lines.  The central planner will always make life worse.



How do we reverse course from socialism?


In order to get back to the center, it's going to take enormous moral fortitude.  Many people will not willingly abandon the failed ideas of utopian statism (aka socialism, marxism, communist, etc). Even though they are standing in line for that "free" product or service, they see it as a RIGHT.  That's the other moral problem of socialism.  The statist steals from one man (the first moral wrong), to give to the other person (the second moral wrong). People become twisted versions of humanity that demand other people labor in exchange, we the working few who remain get Government's boot against our head.  Without a moral base, it's impossible to ever really abandon the failed ideas of socialism.  It's why I believe we will continue along the Tytler cycle, and the ultimate downfall of America.