LIBERTY: Economics more powerful than government

The War the Government Cannot Win
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

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Ludwig von Mises said that the great accomplishment of economists was to draw attention to the extreme limits on the power of government. His point was not merely that government should be limited, but that it is limited by the very structure of reality. It cannot make all people rich by its own initiative. It cannot provide universal housing, literacy, and health. It cannot raise wages across the board. It cannot ban products. Those who seek to accomplish economic ends such as these are choosing the wrong means. That is because there is something more powerful than government: namely economic law.

And what is economic law? It is a force that operates within the structure of all societies everywhere that governs the production and allocation of material resources and time according to strict bounds of what is possible. Some things are just not possible. It just so happens that this includes most of the demands that are made by the public and pressure groups on the government. This was the great discovery of the modern science of economics. This was not known by the ancients. It was not known by the fathers of the early church. It was the discovery of the medieval schoolmen, and the insight was gradually elaborated upon and systematized over the centuries, culminating in the classical and Austrian traditions of thought.


The worst lie is the big one: that government can accomplish wonderful things if we give it enough power, money, and discretion. No matter how many times we hear it, or in what context, it is always and everywhere a lie. A leader who says this is the equivalent of the snake in the garden who promises that glorious knowledge comes with just one bite of fruit. And yet we as a people keep being lured into accepting it.


We should not ask government to win a war on terror, end poverty, make everyone healthy and literate, provide for us when we are old, or anything else. Nothing the government does takes place without a greater cost than benefit to society.

Knowing this, we can still be good citizens. We can be good parents, teachers, workers, entrepreneurs, church members, students, and contributors to society in a million different ways. This is far more important to the future of liberty than anything else we do. We must regain our confidence in our capacity for self-governance. I believe this is happening already. The government’s wars will continue to fail, and I do not think that we should regret this. Even if the public sector cannot and will not prepare for a future of liberty, we can. Let us look for and work toward the triumph of liberty unencumbered by leviathan and its wars.

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Lew really hit the ball out of the park on this one.

Eloquently, we need to start disassembling the Gooferment. One program at a time. We need to do it as quickly or as slowly as needed. Our decades long binge is going to leave a heck of a hangover. Some of us won’t survive it. We can’t realize that all the death, sorrow, pain, and treasure has been for naught. We left the path of liberty and have wound up in the brambles of socialism, fascism, and totalitarianism.

We should really that Presidents Clinton and Bush for showing us that power corrupts. And, as Acton said: absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Like the Law of Gravity, economics is going to bring down this house of cards.

LIBERTY: Justifying America to a doubtful audience


May 03, 2007, 6:30 a.m.
Oxford’s Preposterous Proposition
Justifying America to a doubtful audience
By Jonah Goldberg

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Yes, anti-Americanism fashions itself a form of anti-globalization. But this is most often a ruse. Do keep in mind that my opponents represent a truly tyrannical form of globalization. Whether it’s “Workers of the World Unite” or the World Caliphate, the choice they are presenting is globalization for losers, while America, to the extent it represents globalization at all, offers the globalization of liberty.

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Well said. America stands for liberty. The Gooferment, aka the USA, is having its identity problems.

He missed one argument.

“If wasn’t for the Americans, then this discussion would be being held in German, And, I wonder who’d be around to debate anything?”

But, it was well said.

TECHNOLOGY: Shift Happens? If this is half-right, fasten seat belts.

“Shift happens”
The need for 21st Century learning skills. An interesting presentation
by Carl Fisch: “Shift happens”

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“Shift happens”

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Wow! Don’t miss this video. It’ll stretch your paradigm.



Periodically, BLOGDESK “disappears”. I leave it up, open, and blog when I have time. Since the upgrade, BLOGDESK disappears. It’s not on the taskbar, not can I alt-tab task switch to it. When I look at what processes are running, there it is. If you use the “switch to” in the process view, nothing happens. It’s like a little kid sulking in their room. :-) If I terminate the task from the process view, it goes away peacefully (i.e., I don’t see any effects). If I then restart it from the program menu or quick launch it runs fine. Could this behavior be from that dll that wouldn’t register? Is there another bug? Am I the only “problem child”? Your attention when you have time would be appreciated. It is only severity 4.

UPDATE: The developer fixed it. Try and get that from Microsoft!

TECHNOLOGY: What’s a Sev4?

Some one pinged me about jargon. What’s a sev4?


Severity 1 – complete platform failure (i.e., no power)

Severity 2 – partial platform failure (i.e., some part not working)

Severity 3 – complete application failure (i.e., my game doesn’t play, but everything else works)

Severity 4 – partial application failure (i.e., some part of an app does work)

Severity 5 – something isn’t working as documented it should and it’s needed (i.e., OUTLOOK2003 can’t copy mailbox settings)

Severity 6 – something is not documented correctly (i.e., it works but the book on it say it doesn’t do that)

Severity 7 – A shortcoming is noted.


That’s the one I was taught.