The Price Of Safety Security And Freedom

The Price Of Safety Security And Freedom PDF Version

What is interesting about safety and and security is that human beings will pay almost any amount to avoid living in fear and feeling vulnerable. They will pay as high a price for the perception of safety and security as the real thing. The difference is not easily discernible.

Does government provide safety and security? It can and does sometimes , but it is more likely to provide the perception only. Who knows the difference? It is the feeling that counts. Where do they look to get it? They look in the same place all animals look. That is  the herd’s leadership. It may be the head male in a pride of lions, or the most powerful male water buffalo. With human beings , it is their government. In any case, to the ordinary herd members, the cost is staggering.

Here is the way it works with humans. Humans pay money,  but with every increment of more safety and security…. they have to give up part of their freedom. For armed forces ,  they give up some , but it is worth it. Every time more safety and security are opted for, more freedom is given up. A guaranteed income takes away even more freedom. All of this comes at a high monetary cost. Eventually , folks want the guarantee that others won’t call them names. That is the case today.

The price of safety and security is so high, it is very profitable to provide these things or just their perception. Government agencies grow in size. As the agencies get large, those which sell goods and services to them lobby government for more, more and more. This is so profitable that techniques of scaring people into believing they are vulnerable emerge. Folks get out their checkbooks.

Then , the private sector gets involved. New services evolve to protect people from everything from identity theft to home security. All kinds of ads that scare you start appearing.

Feeling warm and cozy whether you are actually safe or not comes at a very high price. One thing people are happy to give up…. is freedom. After all, what is freedom for other than achieving safety and security? So you feel warm and cozy. Who needs freedom?

After all, isn’t feeling warm and cozy the goal anyway? Who needs freedom any more after a big dose of feeling safe and secure….

One more interesting note. While folks are fearful of countless forces in the universe, they have absolutely no fear of government. In government, they happily place their faith.




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James Quillian independent scholar,free market economist,and teacher of natural law. Who is James Quillian? Certainly I am nobody special, Just a tireless academic and deep thinker. Besides that, I have broken the code with respect to economics and political science. Credentials? Nothing you would be impressed with. I am not a household name. It is hard to become famous writing that virtually no one in the country is genuinely not in touch with reality. But, if I did not do that, there would be no point in my broking the broken the code. If you read the blog, it is easy to see that there are just a few charts, no math and no quantitative analysis. That is not by accident. Given what I know, those items are completely useless. I do turn out to be highly adept at applying natural law. Natural law has predominance over any principles the social science comes up. By virtue of understanding natural law, I can debunk, in just a few sentences , any theory that calls for intervention by a government. My taking the time to understand the ins and outs of Keynes General Theory is about like expecting a chemistry student to completely grasp all that the alchemists of the middle ages thought they understood in efforts to turn base metals into goal. Keynesian theory clearly calls for complete objectivity. Government can only make political decisions. Keynesian techniques call for economic decisions. So, why go any further with that? Fantasy Free Economics is in a sense a lot like technical analysis. Technical analysis began with the premise that it was impossible to gain enough information studying fundamentals to gain a trading advantage. Study the behavior of investors instead. Unlike technical analysis, I don't use technical charts. What I understand are the incentives of different people and entities active in the economics arena. For example, there is no such thing as an incentive to serve with life in the aggregate. In the aggregate, only self interest applies. It is routinely assumed otherwise. That is highly unappealing. But, I am sorry. That is the way it is. I can accept that because I am genuinely in touch with reality. Step one in using Fantasy Free Economics is for me to understand just how little I really know. A highly credentialed economist may know 100 times what I do based on the standard dogma. Compare the knowledge each of us has compared to all there is to know and we both look like we know nothing at all. There is always more than we don't know than what we do know. I am humble enough to present myself on that basis. Why? That is the way it is. I am not bad at math. I have taught math. What I understand is when to use it and when to rely on something else. Math is useless in natural law so I don't use it. While others look at numbers, I am busy understanding the forces in nature that makes their numbers what they are. That gives me a clear advantage.
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