Other Side Quote of the Day: “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” – Kenneth Watt
Quote of the Day: “…is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century. …no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century. …no robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin.” – United Nations’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Often I am accused of not wanting any government at all because I point out the immorality and unfairness of corrupt government. That in and of itself is quite the social commentary.
I am not opposed to government, I think it is a necessity. What I do oppose is a government that has enough power to make it worth corrupting.
A government that can compel you to purchase something, prevent you from purchasing something or set the price for a purchase has too much power and will inevitably be corrupt.
When we give government or any entity the ability to compel you to purchase something, prevent you from purchasing something or set the price for a purchase then we are requiring the people who comprise that entity to have what amounts to super human morals and a super human ability to resist temptation.
Requiring people to be superhuman is very bad policy.
When governments, banks, corporations, or non-profits are given this much power then corruption and abuse of power is always the result. It does not matter the nation, the race, the gender, the ethnicity, the education, the political party, or the culture – this result is the same the world over.
I think the Obama administration put to death the concept of electing morally superior beings, a concept all statist systems rely on.
When you give a body of individuals the power to control what is bought and sold then those individuals holding that power are always the first thing that is bought and sold. One can look back over the history of the world and easily draw the conclusion that non-corrupt governments have only existed in situations where the power of the government was so limited that it was not worth the expense to corrupt.
This raises the question, in a limited government, what kind of laws do we want to have? I would suggest:
· We would want laws promoting transparency
· We would want laws that crush fraud (including fraud committed by the government)
· We would want laws which crush corruption
· We would want daylight laws
· We would want Blue Sky laws
· We would want laws that promote truth and the completeness of information
· We would want laws that strongly support property rights
· We would want laws that support the obligation of contracts
· We would want laws that prevent any entity from forcing, compelling or coercing anyone into any commercial or social transaction
· We want people to have a legal remedy to address the destruction of their property by others
· We would want laws that prohibit the abuse of power inherent in providing a government advantage to a private entity
· We would want laws that apply to everyone equally in order that the power of the corrupt to raise funds by exempting some from the law is no longer an available tactic
These are just some thoughts on the laws that would encourage equality and an equitable society rather than destroying society via corruption. It is not the absence of government for which we advocate, it is the absence of corruption. Corruption is always the by-product of the power to force, coerce or compel commercial or social transactions. The more effective we are at pulling back that power the less corrupt our government will be and the more prosperous, equitable and fair our society becomes.
Other Side Quote of the Day: ‘“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”- Paul Ehrlich, 1968
Quote of the Day: “The island conservationist Josh Donlan estimates that islands, which are just 3 per cent of the Earth’s surface, have been the site of 95 per cent of all bird extinctions since 1600, 90 per cent of reptile extinctions, and 60 per cent of mammal extinctions. Those are horrifying numbers, but the losses are extremely local. They have no effect on the biodiversity and ecological health of the continents and oceans that make up 97 per cent of the Earth.” – Stewart Brand