Posted 11 years ago on Dec. 21, 2011, 1:54 a.m. EST by Just1MoreVoice
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The Free Market Economy, that holy grail of the capitalist philosophy, does not exist. Two factors preclude its existence: Crime and Politics. This may well be the root of the “small government” maxim: “The government that governs least governs best.” One of the great misinterpretations of this statement arises from a fundamental confusion between civic administration and governance. Civic administration is the execution of various functions designed to insure the continued security of the rights of individual citizens and to lubricate social friction. This is accomplished through the use of civic and social services, a legal system, and usually some sort of militia. If these organizations are the “tools” of civic administration, then governance is the manipulation of these tools to control the populace.
The United States’ spin machine touts it as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people and if this was actually the case, a free market economy (or something reasonably close to it) might well exist. Under these circumstances we can make the general assumption that the economy would operate on a purely voluntary basis within the framework of a set of guidelines designed to protect and respect the individual rights of all citizens and because our founding fathers had rather high-minded humanist ideals, these individual rights were assumed to include not only life and liberty, but also equal opportunities for the pursuit of happiness (i.e. self-actualization) without privileging any citizen over another. While this is the essence what our national mythology claims, it is very clearly not the reality of life in these United States.
So what happened? How did we end up with government of the people, for the wealthy, by the greedy? I’m not sure it matters. What does matter is that we re-direct our government to its original purpose in the most expedient manner possible. (more in the comments section...)