If you aren’t a democrat, you must be a fascist who advocates dictatorship right? That seems like the knee-jerk reaction when you shoot at this particular demi-god.
Of course it’s nonsense. The alternative to buying a car as part of the democratic collective is not having a dictator buy one for you. It’s buying one yourself. Freedom isn’t the right to vote, it’s the right to live outside the scope of democratic decision making ~ and in the West, that’s an increasingly small space.
And our political masters (let’s call them what they are) have only a few tricks in the bag, namely:
- throw money at a real or imagined problem
- Make up new rules, ban certain behaviour, compel other behaviour
- Set up bureaucrats to supervise all this and para-military type police to enforce it with the threat of violence
Far from solving any problems, more are created including:
- Vast, pointless bureaucracies which create no wealth but consume loads of it.
- Parasitism is created in the form of the politicised uber managers of the NHS or former polticos who go into cosy, lucrative non-jobs when it’s all over for them, or people who own pointless wind farms.
- Welfarism plagues the West. This destroys the lives of people trapped at the bottom, encourages crap behaviour and places an enormous strain on the tax payers who have to fund it all. Nothing is more galling to the tax payer hoping to fund a second child than seeing welfare mothers with a tribe. Again however, the uber-managers like it. Such welfarism is a breeding ground for crime.
- Mediocrity is created as the successful are taxed and the indolent are rewarded in a perverse incentive system
- Discontent is encouraged. If you and I have a private dispute we may either solve it, not do business with or another or go to arbitration of some sort. But in a democracy, the losers seeking to enforce their world view demand legal changes or cash to promote their point.
And all of this will end very badly, as it is in Greece at present. With endemic unemployment, dependency and poorly educated, under-motivated, criminalised people. Notice how no-one talks about full employment any more?
The last in this series will propose what we might do to change this.