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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Friday, May 01, 2009

There is still hope.....

The hope does not reside in the personality and cult of the Obamessiah and his enchanted multitudes of worshipers that look forward to life of bliss under government run healthcare, risk-free living under transfer payments in retirement and a multitude of Utopian government programs but in the real people that work, save, create and invest in the future of the nation, their States, communities and families. The hope resides with the people that do not need government assistance, that do not seek out this benefit and these same people that know that they will not prosper in this kind of world....
There is a major cultural schism developing in America. But it's not over abortion, same-sex marriage or home schooling, as important as these issues are. The new divide centers on free enterprise -- the principle at the core of American culture.

Despite President Barack Obama's early personal popularity, we can see the beginnings of this schism in the "tea parties" that have sprung up around the country. In these grass-roots protests, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans have joined together to make public their opposition to government deficits, unaccountable bureaucratic power, and a sense that the government is too willing to prop up those who engaged in corporate malfeasance and mortgage fraud.
From here.

So, can one argue that socialist nations been better at creating successfully societies as many Democrats think and support? Is North Korea a better place for its citizens? Was soviet Russia more successful? Does France create a more dynamic and successful society, maybe happier people or some other metric of success? Are governments more successful in allocating resources than thousands and millions of people making decisions based upon various factors and taking into account a multitude of information? Are people actually willing to give up their freedom in making decisions by allowing governments to make the singular decision that they are offering by intervening in markets? Are the recent tea parties an indicator that some people recognize that they are entering an area of existential risk?
Voices in the media, academia, and the government will dismiss this ethical populism as a fringe movement -- maybe even dangerous extremism. In truth, free markets, limited government, and entrepreneurship are still a majoritarian taste. In March 2009, the Pew Research Center asked people if we are better off "in a free market economy even though there may be severe ups and downs from time to time." Fully 70% agreed, versus 20% who disagreed.

Free enterprise is culturally mainstream, for the moment. Asked in a Rasmussen poll conducted this month to choose the better system between capitalism and socialism, 13% of respondents over 40 chose socialism. For those under 30, this percentage rose to 33%. (Republicans were 11 times more likely to prefer capitalism than socialism; Democrats were almost evenly split between the two systems.)
No surprise that Democrats wish socialism upon the people. It is particularly trooubling that young people have been indoctorinated into believing that the dead hand of socialism is preferable to creating wealth through economic freedom.

Liberals, Democrats and socialists think that they are such brilliant people that they know so much better what is good for you then you do. They are so bright and intelligent that they have incredible capacities to know nearly everything that is needed to be known to create the fairest most equitable economic system and will not be subject to any interests of business or other stakeholders except the people. Not! It is opium. This is something that I unfortunately had to endure with so many of my family and friends. So many drink the Koolaid of the heavy hand of socialism and I can no longer even talk to these clowns. I have decided to eliminate these people from my life. I just do not need the aggravation of listening to them whine and drone on. Its pointless to have relationships with these people since their thought process is so infected that they vilify you for thinking differently and that is wanting to live one life in a way that one chooses instead of their brilliant way of life. Good-bye.

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