by Steve Lancaster 1/1/14
Economics and Business: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity” (Yeats again).
Business is regulated by exchange in the free market and competition. Business taxes are set at the same percentage of income as for individual taxpayer and will not be changed except to be reduced. A better solution but perhaps unworkable idea, is no business taxes at all. Let the free market work in the way intended.
The free market is the only method of economics that works. Government intervention or control and regulation are anathema to the proper performance of markets and are always to the detriment of the poor and middle class. Government intervention always results in market disruption and less opportunity for the poor to advance economically.
For the last 30 years our government has attempted to justify an energy policy based on government control of a free market product. The failure of this policy is floating in the Gulf of Mexico today (2011). There is no technology that is going to bring stability to this market until the government reduces regulation to the lowest point possible and allows the free market to work. This means in the short run more coal electric plants, more off-shore drilling and more nuclear plants. The free market will develop solutions to energy when the cost demands a new solution. Government cannot of itself mandate what the ultimate solution will be.
“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men” (George Orwell).
Parents are the most significant educators in a child’s life. It is the obligation of parents to provide the basic essentials before children enter school. Government funded education is costly, mind deadening to students, and lacks efficacy. All public education must be returned back to the free market. Yes, this means that government school instructors will be challenged to become real teachers or they must find actual employment. Schools that truly educate their students will succeed others will close for lack of students.
• Higher Education
Universities have become a business. Core education requirements have been reduced at most public universities to bring more students into the matrix. There is little, if any, interest in these students actually graduating. The interest of the university is the money the student will contribute. University administrators are not concerned where the students get the money for school; only that they pay the bills with expanded loans that the student, whether they graduate or not will be legally responsible to repay. The modern American public university exists to provide jobs and resources for staff and faculty; students are a byproduct of this system, some in university administration would say a waste product.
The Human Condition
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a decision to either convince me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s all.
The most unpredictable and dangerous creature on the planet is man. We are killers it is hardwired into our genetic composition. Under the right conditions, each of us will act to protect our family, friends, community or country. Each of us must understand ourselves and where the line is and what it would take us to kill without remorse or second thought. In short he’s dead, I’m not, and I am glad of it.
Additionally, many people ask to be killed by their behavior or personality and are often the cause of much heartache to their families and community. Sometimes killing the evil doer is the only way of maintaining civilization. Killing is not easy, nor should it be, but it is often necessary. There is a difference between murder and killing; in short murder is premeditated and unjustified, killing is justified by law, but may still be immoral.
There is no doubt that evil exists in our world. It shows itself in the millions of dead from war and conflict; in the millions of people with little hope for a future. The libertarian does not wring his hands about the existence of evil, but stands the wall with weapons ready to defend the good and decent people. A true libertarian runs towards the sound of the guns. • (948 views)