The Real Benefits of Incompetent Big Central Gov't

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by wkmac, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    February 12, 2009

    Katrina Libertarian

    Posted by Lew Rockwell at February 12, 2009 08:04 PM

    Writes George Westfield:
    I have been an avid reader of your website and a libertarian for some time now. I am pretty much a daily reader, plus I come back to check the blog several times a day. It never fails to bring a smile to my face knowing that there are other sane people out there, and especially those who can put the truth into words so well and intelligently. You and the others who contribute to your site and the Mises Institute are my personal heroes, and I salute all of you.
    I came into libertarianism in dramatic fashion - I was one of those directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina. In this case, it wasn't the storm that nearly destroyed my life, but the buffoonery and evil of a rapacious and supremely incompetent Federal government, which by a fluke of circumstance I was actually able to witness from the inside. I will not recount the horrors in detail other than to say that the Byzantine and chaotic nature of the Federal bureaucracy is far, far worse than I had ever considered it to be. Quite frankly, for the entire time (very short) that I inhabited that world, I had absolutely not one clue what it was all about.
    It was impossible, looking back on that chaos, to not come out of that experience without converting to libertarianism. You have written so well and eloquently on Katrina and the attendant government failures that I feel no need to recount my own opinions on the matter other than that you captured them perfectly.
    And now we enter another dark period such as has periodically occurred throughout history which may yet bring us to utter ruin and the return of a new dark age. I fear and tremble greatly for this nation's future. I simply cannot understand how people cannot grasp such a basic concept as the fact that government produces no money of its own, that it serves only to redistribute funds from one party, the looted, to another, the parasite. And yet the mindless morass, including the “educated class”, calls it a “stimulus” as if it were a magical financial injection from the tooth fairy. The mind truly boggles. It calls into question the moral integrity of every American that nothing is done to stop this. I truly hope that I am wrong and that Americans are better than that. But each passing day unfortunately serves to confirm otherwise.
    Especially when faced with the near entirety of the so called “better classes” marching in lockstep with the latest moral midget to wear the purple in Parasite City, I sometimes wonder whether higher education actually serves to dumb down individuals. Having spent six years total in university (two at graduate school), I have yet come to consider my advanced degrees as more of a career credential than anything that actually symbolizes anything about my level of education, achievement, or intelligence. During my time at university, in my concentration we were only required to take six credit hours of economic courses (introductory micro- and macroeconomics). I think that Austrian economics (but what other sort of economics is there that makes any sense?) should be the backbone of a university education. Maybe then more people wouldn’t attempt to pursue idiotic careers that owe some or all of their existence to backing by State guns – such as health care “administrators” and land use planners, not to mention bureaucrats to enforce the Dear Leader’s pronouncements.
    I just wanted to mention how much I enjoy your site and how much it gives me hope. Little about politics and even much of life made much sense to me until I discovered the libertarian philosophy and Austrian economics, and the writings of Mises, Rothbard, Hazlitt, and others. I feel that it is not just a question of “what one believes” when coming to free-market philosophy; it is actually an issue of moral importance of the highest sort. The pertinent question of the age today is: do you favor human liberty or not? How can that question be answered in the negative if one wants to retain some shred of moral integrity?
    You have been a great force for good in my life, and certainly in the lives of countless others unknown to me. I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.

    And then it continues:


    Mike refers to his retirement from US military service and I'm betting his creds on his several pro-guns pieces posted here just went way down with some on thee comments of his! :wink2:

    And now we shall corrupt your young!

  2. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member