Quote of the Day: “Comrades!’ he cried. ‘You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink the milk and eat those apples.” – George Orwell, Animal Farm
Yesterday afternoon Insurgent Tribe was a guest on the Americhicks radio program, here is the link to the podcast for Americhicks radio program.
Find the most virulent anti-capitalist, left-wing socialist person you can and then check and see if they ever made any of the following statements:
“I really hope the value of my house drops by half.”
“I really hope that when I retire my 401(k) is worth a quarter of what it is now.”
“I really hope the government slashes my benefits.”
Of course they have never made a statement like that. The anti-capitalist, left-wing socialist believes that greed is something someone else is plagued by. It does not apply to them!
Reality is, they want the value of what they own to rise and they want their income to rise just like everyone else. They just want to use the power of government to make sure no one doing better than they are will have values and incomes rise.
This is a good example of the nonsense in our culture and our politics.
“Anyone who has more than me is greedy, anyone who has less than I do is lazy and this government needs to remedy this right now!”
Pretty much it.
Do you want prices to drop, quality to improve and value to rise? We have an actual solution to that. The solution is competition. We see that everyday with companies like Airbnb, Uber and Netflix. They devised new ways to compete in established markets and they have dropped the cost, raised the quality and provided value to their investors.
The more that competition is interfered with then the higher the prices, the lower the quality and the less the value. Taxes, regulation, licensing and government mandates are all methods which inhibit competition. Of course these are exactly the methods the statist embrace. By forcing you to pay more for less they argue that they are making it ‘fair’. In reality they are making nothing ‘fair’, they are simply using force to transfer your money into the pockets of their friends.
If you stand back a bit and look at it, you have to laugh at those who decry the ‘greed’ of capitalism while voting themselves more money that other people earned. Treat them as the greedy hypocrites that they are.
Other Side Quote of the Day: “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.” — Barack Obama
Quote of the Day: “You must distinguish sharply between being pro free enterprise and being pro business.” – Milton Friedman