What Folks Really Want From Government

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What do folks want from government? How can we determine what folks want? Those questions are easy to answer.  Look at who and what they vote for.

People want to feel safe. Government has no way to make life safe. Politicians can get elected by promising to keep citizens safe. Imaginary threats are even created as a means of providing opportunities for getting votes by means of making citizens feel safe. What is the point of making the population feel safe? It is an extremely profitable undertaking. Even private companies hone in on this. What people will pay in order to feel safe is seemingly unlimited. Want to start a war? Present the war as a means of creating safety for the citizens. People vote for politicians who promise to these things. Politicians use this technique because it works. Can you imagine a politician running on the basis of promoting differed gratification and telling people they must fend for themselves and that government programs actually impoverish them. Any politicians want to try this?

People want Government to make life’s difficult decisions for them. When do people retire? They retire when they are sixty five. Why, social security deems that age as the proper retirement age. It is not a requirement of age but doesn’t need to be. It easily becomes a standard.

We have IRAs. IRAs determine how and when people invest.

Healthcare? People expect healthcare to be free to them. They also want government decide what treatment they receive.

Jobs? People expect government to create opportunities for employment.

Government cannot do these things but it is assumed that it can. This is human nature.

I have repeatedly made the point that it is the mindset of citizens that is destroying the country. There is no such thing as actual freedom for a population that seeks these things from their government. Surely you get mail from candidates. Notice that those who get elected offer to do things such as those I have mentioned. This is what people want to hear and they vote for politicians they figure will accomplish these tasks. In some states folks are expecting government to prevent their peers from insulting them.

So, why do I forecast a complete collapse of our economy and political system? Government can’t do these things. All of the ingredients that are necessary to maintain a free society have been removed. In the absence of the necessary ingredients for an economic recovery there won’t be one. People may end up in abject poverty but that is no reason why they can’t feel safe. Americans will get exactly what they ask for.


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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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3 months ago

Tell us more about the criminals who run the stock market.