Feb
15
2009
2

The Biggest–and Oldest–Government Program

While I was standing in line at the grocery store the other day, I saw the latest Newsweek magazine, which had several headlines.

On the top, there were, right next to each other:

“THE BLACKBERRY PRESIDENT” “QUITTING THE THUG LIFE”

The main headline, underneath a blue hand clasping a red hand in a handshake, was:

WE ARE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW
THE PERILS AND PROMISE OF THE NEW ERA OF BIG GOVERNMENT

The first two headlines are kind of funny in terms of juxtaposition. The first thought that comes to my mind is that they’re saying the president is no longer a thug, look how civilized he is!

But of course… even presidents cannot escape reality. If you’re the leader of a gang that shakes people down, you are a thug, it doesn’t matter how many gadgets you have or how many flowery speeches you make.

In any case, the main headline was even “better”. They’ve put this story on the front page as if it is a serious debating topic, or a serious thought-provoking article.

However, there truly aren’t any serious thoughts that get provoked in the course of this article, and there really isn’t anything to debate. Big government as a way of solving social problems has failed again and again and again throughout human history, and it has killed hundreds of millions of people even in this current century.

Blame is never put on the fact that the system has its roots in violence. It’s always that the wrong people were at the head of this system, which means that the populace chose bad leaders. Or, that the masses are too greedy, too stupid, too lazy, too whatever, to make the system work.

You never hear anyone in the media say, “The system is failing because, at its core, it threatens people with imprisonment and death if they do not comply.”

That is the biggest government program in existence.

Finally, they use the expression “new era” in the headline, as if now that Obama has been elected, something has fundamentally changed in the government.

The only things that are changing, however, are those which essentially are maintaining the status quo of expanding government power more and more and more. It’s not a real significant change for the mafia to demand 25% of your profits when, in the past, it demanded 20%.

No, this “new era” is nothing more than a dry continuation of the old–one that has been around for millennia.

The oldest government program: threatening people with imprisonment and death if they do not comply…

Or, in a word:

War.

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