Monthly Archives: January 2013

You Will Always Be In Chains

Being in chains is a metaphor, of course.  Chains depict restraint of a physical sort, but the reality of economics depicts restraints of a different sort.  One person might be restrained from eating T-bones due to the lack of a few dollars, or a politician might be restrained from buying those last few votes because he couldn’t produce the millions required for handouts.  But regardless of circumstances, the slack eventually takes out of everyone’s chain.

But this is why economics is such a hot topic isn’t it?  No one likes restraint, especially when they see their neighbors living lives with much less restraint.  It just doesn’t seem fair.  Perhaps that’s because it isn’t.  Worse, a different sort of chain, “human nature” will keep anyone from fixing it.  Oh, not that it won’t be tried over and again, but man’s selfish nature will always intervene in his vain  attempts at instituting equality.  This truth is simple to see, and clearly demonstrable with a cursory glance at history, but while man is clearly not capable of producing a “fair” society, apparently he is exceedingly apt at self-delusion.

Every person’s chains could be loosened if the efforts to loosen them were judged by results.  But unfortunately history is generally marked by the burden of unnecessarily tight chains because man’s tendency to judge efforts according to intentions rather than results.  Failure, therefore, is gain for the “fixers” because it results in shorter chains that the “fixers” are eager to address if only the enslaved would grant them more power.  The result?  More chains.

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It Really Isn’t All That Complicated

I hold to a philosophy in life that most everything can be reduced to a more simpler form, and hence life, including politics, religion, and yes even economics is ultimately simple to grasp and understand with just a little application.  I could talk about the allocation of resources, demographics, equality and so on, or I could, for example, say something so simple as, “one can’t spend more than one has”.  Now there’s a basic fact so simple a child can understand it.  Resources cannot simply be wished or legislated into existence.  It’s a stubborn thing, reality.

We are supposed to believe, however, that some things are so complicated that their understanding can only reside within the minds of higher thinkers.  We can trust such minds, for example, to understand how it is possible to get something from nothing; for that is exactly what spending more than one has by printing money attempts to do.  It’s like magic.  But the real magic is in how the people are convinced to vote for the theft of their own private property.  The conniver is quicker than the connived.

The fact is that under the guise of complicated, nuanced and difficult-to-understand “economics” liberty, as well as resources, is being stolen.  Wisdom dictates suspicion when a thing is made out to be so complicated that the basics no longer apply.  The elementary student understands that 2+2=4, and no matter how complicated the math in which this equation is applied, it will always be true.  In the same way, no matter how complicated the economics, more can’t be spent than is had.  So when it appears that a government, or a person for that matter, is pulling it off, suspicion is in order; especially if the explanation sounds more like a distraction than an explanation: “Hey look!  That rich guy over there has a lot, and you don’t!”

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