Sometimes I wonder why people have so much trouble understanding freedom. Somehow, in people’s minds the concept of freedom of action, property rights, and liberty, are confused with greed, self-interest and exploitation, or something along those lines
My theory is that a lot of this has to do with being born in a welfare-type society, and just taking this for granted to start with. This shows a lack of critical thinking.
For example, people are born in a country with public healthcare systems and they can’t fit in their mind the idea that perhaps, just perhaps, we could have a privately run healthcare system. No, because healthcare is too important right?
But there is something more important than healthcare, which no one would think government has to provide. Food. In western economies, there is an abundance of food, just look at the increase in cases of obesity. The free-market does very well when providing one of the basic elements necessary for our subsistence. So why couldn’t we transpose this to any other areas? Why must people defy economic reasoning? Furthermore, the idea that governments can do anything to influence the real economy I just find naïve.
Secondly, there may also be an issue of government indoctrination. Again, I know it sounds conspiracy theorist. I don’t actually believe it’s an active indoctrination. It’s more of a systematic default in today’s society.
If you went around the street asking people what government should do about various social issues I doubt you would get much of well maybe they should stay out of it…The answer is always more government action. They can always do more. More to help the unemployed, more to help the poor, so why shouldn’t they right? What kind of immoral jerk would stand against free government hand-outs?
I will tell you why, you probably already guessed the who. Because they don’t do a good job of it. In fact they do a terrible job, and the hand-outs aren’t free, they come at our expense, and in the form of selected packages directed to different voting groups.
If you think about wealth, as a cake that has to be divided in two parts, one is the private and the other is the public. The public sector con only grow, that is to say, government can only do more, by reducing the private sector part of the cake.
Finally, I would just like to say, to those of you who at this point may be changing your mind, and are looking for a representative, a politician that stands for this, there are some. I highly recommend you look up Ron Paul.
Ron Paul is a U.S. senator who stands for just this. He is a libertarian. Even if you disagree, go and look up some of his speeches. I have never seen any politician being received like that by a crowd. This is because once you understand freedom, once you get what this is about, the kind of atrocities that we put up with, once you start to think critically, you are hooked, and there is no turning back.