Anyone who attended or viewed Armstrong’s “Cycles of War” Conference last week, knows that the cycles of civil unrest and war are converging like no other time since the 1700’s. If you’ve been wondering why the “craziness” around the world seems a bit elevated, you now know why – govt fraud and corruption has limits and consequences. The brewing and active conflicts around the globe (i.e. Ukraine, Thailand, Brazil, Venezuela, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Korea, etc.) will heat up as govt’s go further into debt and look for distractions when their economies turn down again as a result of the sovereign debt crisis.
As discussed when relating the issues in Ukraine to the US, the common thread that runs through all the civil unrest is govt fraud and corruption, which rises alongside insolvency. As gov’t gets more desperate to fund itself, they do desperate (self-defeating) things like: raise taxes/fees, and spy on their citizens to track down capital. As Reagan once said, “government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem.”
It was popular during the Tea Party days to mail Congress tea bags prior to the 2010 elections. For the upcoming elections they should be receiving mirrors to remind them who is at fault for the hollow economy and civil unrest, and why they should not be getting your vote. NO incumbent should be re-elected (it’s called defacto term limits), and the President must know that war will not be tolerated as a means of deflecting responsibility.
You would think that we would have learned by now that Central Planning never works. What examples are there exactly, that refute Lord Acton’s observations over 100 years ago?
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
France is just the latest example, as Holland’s Socialist Party just suffered an unprecedented defeat in municipal elections. Holland’s response says it all, and could’ve come directly from Obama’s mouth as well –
”In voting or in abstaining, you expressed your unhappiness and discontent, and I’ve heard you,” … “Not enough change, too much unemployment, not enough social justice, too many taxes, not enough efficiency.”
The irony that central planners never seem to grasp is that govt, by its very nature, is inefficient and corrupt – always has been, always will be. Conveniently, they are also unable to connect the dots between high taxes and fees, capital formation, and jobs. Social justice is the ability people have to realize their potential in the society where they live. Only a govt narcissist would believe that they are the source of man’s potential.
Why is it that man ignores history? Do we think we are somehow further evolved and possess different passions than our ancestors? Govt officials, that may even be historical scholars, still ignore the lessons of history. Could it be they only desire to protect their own selfish interest?
As Adam Smith said, it is individuals pursuing their own self-interest that drives the economy. The obvious problem is that govt and large companies mistakenly believe they are individuals, and abuse their power to impose their will on the rest of society.
It is human nature to look at others instead of ourselves as the source of problems. Govt power inflates infallible beliefs, making it easier to justify the confiscation of other people’s money to solve the insolvable problem of paying for unrealistic political promises.
Putin is making a much better case about American hypocrisy than Obama is for justifying Russian sanctions over Crimea. The fact that our over-reaching NSA has been caught spying on 122 world leaders is not how you win friends and influence people. Obama is isolating the USA not Russia, and when the economy turns down as a result of the spreading sovereign debt crisis, we will have fewer friends than ever before – all the result of govt over-reach and incompetence.
Finally, it should be noted that the austerity-linked conditions for IMF (USA) loans to Ukraine has begun as predicted. Remember, it’s always about making sure the banks get paid first, no matter how imprudent or fraudulent the loans. This miscalculated and short-sited move only makes sense if greater conflict is the desired outcome.
Dear Representative, if you can tolerate it, please take a long, hard look in the mirror and do what’s right for this country – not your personal fortune.