“I have never understood why it is “GREED” to want to KEEP the money you have EARNED but NOT GREED to want to TAKE SOMEBODY ELSE’s MONEY.” – Thomas Sowell
“If you think SPREADING MONEY AROUND by FORCE seems like an ODD definition of FAIRNESS, you’re not alone” – Arthur C. Brooks
“A POLITICIAN who portrays himself as “CARING” and “SENSITIVE” because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programs is merely saying that he’s willing to try to do good with
OTHER PEOPLE’s MONEY.
Well, who isn’t? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he’ll do good with his own money – IF a GUN is HELD to HIS HEAD”
– P.J. O’Rourke
“The MOST TERRIFYING WORDS in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE are: I’m from the GOVERNMENT and I’m HERE to HELP” – Ronald Reagan
“The DANGER is NOT THAT a PARTICULAR CLASS is UNFIT to GOVERN. EVERYclass is UNFIT to GOVERN” – Lord Acton
SELF-INTEREST (“GREED”) vs COLLECTIVE “GOOD”
“No government of the left has done as much for the poor as capitalism has.
Even when it comes to the redistribution of income, the left talks the talk but the free market walks the walk.
What do the poor most need? They need to stop being poor.
And how can that be done, on a mass scale, except by an economy that creates vastly more wealth?
Yet the political left has long had a remarkable lack of interest in how wealth is created. As far as they are concerned, wealth exists somehow and the only interesting question is how to redistribute it.”
― Thomas Sowell, Controversial Essays
Vienna, 1919; a cold and hungry city; revolution was in the air; socialists and communists winning the war for hearts and minds; Hayek enrolled at the University of Vienna; socialism seemed to bring a more just society; fairness and equity; coffee houses;
von Meses, a passionate libertarian; the Austrian school – markets work – and governments don’t;
predicted fall of Soviet economy’ no functioning price system; no traffic signals;
does not work; chaos; free markets do it best – why fool with anything else?
“Critics accuse capitalism of being a selfish SYSTEM, but the SELFISHNESS is NOT in CAPITALISM – it is in HUMAN NATURE.” – Dinesh D’Souza
Communism seeks to create a SELF-LESS SOCIETY out of SELFISH people.
wishful thinking. delusion
“The EFFECT of CAPITALISMis to STEER HUMAN SELFISHNESSso that, through the invisible hand of competition,
the ENERGIES of the capitalist PRODUCEthe ABUNDANCE from which the WHOLE SOCIETY BENEFITS.” – Dinesh D’Souza
“Capitalism ENCOURAGES entrepreneurs to ACT with CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS EVEN WHEN their ULTIMATE MOTIVE is to BENEFIT THEMSELVES” – Dinesh D’Souza
“While profit remains the final goal, entrepreneurs spend the better part of each day figuring out
how better to serve the needs of their actual and potential customers.
They are operationally, if not intentionally, altruistic.” – Dinesh D’Souza
“The capitalist has this over the politician and the clergyman;
he has IN PRACTICE DONE MORE to RAISE the STANDARD of LIVING of the poor than ALL the government and church programs in HISTORY….
Monsanto and the Archer Daniels Midland Company have FED more hungry people than all the … soup kitchens combined.” – Dinesh D’Souza
“MORE THAN ANY OTHER SYSTEM, FREE ENTERPRISE ENABLES PEOPLE TO EARN SUCCESS and THEREBY ACHIEVE “HAPPINESS”
“to understand this, we need to understand the concept of earned success”
EARNED SUCCESS is the creation of VALUE in our lives or in the lives of OTHERS” – Arthur C. Brooks
“Power Corrupts. Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton
the role of Human “interests” from “beneath” to “beyond” in economics
individual CONSCIENCE vs collective COERCION
the WILL to POWER
“Better to REIGN in HELL than SERVE in HEAVEN”
“the descent to hell is easy and those who begin by worshiping power soon worship evil” – c.s. lewis
SUBSTITUTUTE PRIVATE GREED PROFIT WITH THEIR WILL to POWER to CREATE “UTOPIA”
externalize “the problem” in others, ignoring their own internal reality of selfishness
organized crime disguised as collective good
fascist fascination with CRIME
ending “exploitation” by “sharing”, creating government “enterprise” through confiscation
competing CARTOONS – capitalist ROBBER BARONS. vs communist criminal GANGSTERS
Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race.
All through history mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss
commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadows about which way to bend
in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes.
They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power.
The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty.
“Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us. – P.J. O’Rourke
Every government is a parliament of whores. the trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us
– P.J. O’Rourke
The WILL to POWER
In the Alinsky model, “organizing” is a euphemism for “revolution”
a wholesale “revolution” whose ultimate objective is the systematic acquisition of power
in alinsky’s brand of social warfare, the ends justify whatever means are required in
“the great cause”. Since the HERE and NOW is ALL there is, anything was “moral” in the pursuit of worldly POWER
Alinsky believed in sacrificing ethics and morals for the great cause – “ethical standards must
be elastic to stretch with the times” … “once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you’re free to live. you no longer care about your reputation“ “you no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in“
there is no reason not to LIE, fabricate and obfuscate [confuse]
”to the questioner, NOTHING is SACRED.
he detests dogma, defies any finite definition of morality, he is challenging, insulting, agitating, discrediting.
He stirs unrest. “life is a corrupting process from the time
a CHILD LEARNS to PLAY HIS MOTHER OFF AGAINST HIS FATHER.in the politics of when to go to bed” …
There were no distinctions between good and evil when it came to transferring POWER from the HAVES to the HAVE NOTS.
The free society does not guarantee virtue, any more than it guarantees happiness. But it allows for the pursuit of both, a pursuit rendered all the more meaningful and profound because success is not guaranteed, it has to be won through personal striving.” Dinesh D’Souza
Marxism “exposes” the “corrupt” interests of capitalists, while IGNORING their OWN.
Marxists “externalize” and “scapegoat” the “selfish” interests of “others”, while HYPOCRITICALLY “MASKING” the INTERESTS of THEIR OWN insatiable “WILL to POWER”.
” On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time “
Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is possible that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never had much temptation to be human beings. ” ” Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.”
“Liberal: a power worshipper without power. – George Orwell
“Power is not a means, it is an end.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution;
one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. “
” Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is possible that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never had much temptation to be human beings. “
The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection. – George Orwell
politics (power) vs economics. (profit)
the “cartoon” narrative – marxist mythology
INDIVIDUAL “GREED” vs COLLECTIVE “GOOD” – a false, cartoonish choice
private and public/collective “interests” are not necessarily “mutually exclusive”
“CHOICE”. vs “COERCION”
voluntary charity confiscatory “re-distribution of wealth”
charitable “helping” those with “hands held out”. vs. confiscatory “gun to your head”
“sharing the wealth”. or spreading the misery
replacing “GREED” with ENVY.
SHARING vs STEALING
two wrongs make a right – twisted morality.
“killing” with “compassion”
stealing and killing those who just steal
“Robin Hood” mythology
“CHE” – “HERO-MARTYR”. vs. “MANIAC-MURDERER” ?
reaping fruits of own labor. vs. re-distribution of wealth
“YOU CAN’T GET RID of POVERTY by GIVING PEOPLE MONEY” – P.J. O’Rourke
ECONOMICS vs POLITICS
masked by “scapegoating” the natural “will to “PROFIT”
reap rewards, enjoy fruits of own labor
“you did not build that”
PRODUCTIVITY and PARASITES
who is “exploiting” whom?
“At the CORE of LIBERALISM is the SPOILED CHILD —
MISERABLE, as all spoiled children are,
UNSATISFIED, DEMANDING, ILL-DISCIPLINE, DESPOTIC and USELESS.
Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling BRATS.” – P.J. O’Rourke
“GAMING the SYSTEM”
the “rich” get “breaks” but pay more
what they don’t say”