The corporations are on welfare and so is a large portion of the US citizenry (and non-citizenry too it must be acknowledged). Votes are bought with a program. Politicians are bought with fat feline donations. The state expands. Everyone it seems has a hand in the till. Everyone it seems has an angle. The welfare state, leviathan, is ever-present. And to challenge the monster is to challenge the way of life of many who have long ago made peace with (in some cases) or cozied up with (all too often) the beast.
It will take generations to unwind this dependence, to kill leviathan. Shock therapy isn’t the solution. It will take slow and steady work to recapture the spirit of this country. And for some reason I actually think it can be done. (And I’m pretty jaded.)
As it was the goal of many of our leaders to expand the state in the 20th Century, it is our obligation now, as we seek to move humanity forward, to unwind the burdensome and antiquated state.
That isn’t to say that the needs of society are just going to disappear, the needs that people once thought only the state could solve. Poverty will continue to exist to some degree. There will be people who just do not fit into this world for a variety reasons through no fault of their own and humanity has an obligation (I feel) to provide for these folks on at least a basic level, and hopefully beyond even a basic level.
The state is consuming itself now. It has grown so big it just doesn’t work, even with number fudging and propaganda. As the welfare state implodes people will increasingly look for solutions (they already are). The next few years will see a steady increase in dysfunction but in this dysfunction comes the opportunity for a new generation to clean things up and to help make this world a legitimately better place.
Free minds. Free markets. Free innovation. Free entrepreneurs. Free creativity. Free prices. This is the way forward.
(From The American Dream)