- abolition of the Federal Reserve and the replacement of the US dollar with a private gold coin standard
- abolition of the income tax
- abolition of all public welfare
- abolition of all federal support for public education
- overturn of Roe v. Wade
- limited franchise
But asset inflation—ultimately, the debasement of the currency—as the principal source of wealth corrodes the character of people. It not only undermines the traditional bourgeois virtues but makes them ridiculous and even reverses them. Prudence becomes imprudence, thrift becomes improvidence, sobriety becomes mean-spiritedness, modesty becomes lack of ambition, self-control becomes betrayal of the inner self, patience becomes lack of foresight, steadiness becomes inflexibility: all that was wisdom becomes foolishness. And circumstances force almost everyone to join in the dance... ...Inflation is not a bogey for everyone—not for those who wish to restructure society, for example, or for those who want government control of ever more aspects of people’s lives. But for the rest of us, the consequences of its full-blown return are not likely to be good: for inflation is not an economic problem only, or even mainly, but one that afflicts the human soul.All are morally repulsive and inimical to liberty. One might take exception to my including universal sufferage, e.g. "democracy" on the list. Note here the change in how we define "democracy." In the days of Tocqueville, democracy referred to the right of each man to rule over his own life as he saw fit. Voting had little or nothing to do with it. Today, we take democracy to mean the right of all men to rule over one another as they see fit. All that matters is the vote. This is a very different proposition. In both cases, America strived to live up to the "democratic ideal," and as we are now discovering in the case of modern times, much to American's chagrin. The notion that there ought to be a universal right of everyone to "have a say" in his governance is laughably silly both in theoretical and practical terms. After all, what say did we have over the law of universal gravitation, or all ye Christians and Jews, the Ten Commandments? Do they not govern you behavior? Are they legitimate rules, or is God a tyrant? In other words, law does not derive its legitimacy from the democratic process. That some may argue that it does only illustrates their personal delusions. Legitimate law is legitimate law, regardless of how anybody votes on it. And now that you have your little vote, just how much influence have you had over your government? The answer: precisely as much as the other teeming millions who turn out to vote for the same set of goons every year, reliably sending 96% of incumbents back to their thrones. None. "Ah!" comes the retort, "but you miss the point! The role of the universal franchise is not to determine what is legitimate, but to ensure wisdom in our governance by tapping into the wisdom of the many." But if this is the case, then why must everyone have a vote, including such as the incompetent and the criminal? Clearly, this is not the point. In my view, the modern drive for universal franchise stems from issues of pride and recognition/acceptance, a warped version of the egalitarian instinct of the democratic ethos, wrapped up as it is in the so-called civil rights movement. Enlightened governance is completely beside the point. Rather obviously, I might add. But I've gotten off-topic. This was not supposed to be an essay on the evils of modern democracy. The point is this: all of these are essential policies, non-debatable, non-optional points for anyone who is committed to a libertarian/conservative/classical liberal social order, and anyone I'm to vote for in any election. To oppose any of them is to undermine the most fundamental aspects of what makes a civilization workably free, and, frankly, is to embrace eventual civilizational collapse. There is a self-reinforcing aspect to decline as well; once the ball gets rolling, it becomes difficult and then impossible to stop. Failure to hold the line leads inevitably to the horrors we now confront, or imagine we confront, in the form of Dear Leader Obama. Or, for you "liberal" types who managed to read this far, Bush before him. In this light, what am I to make of one such as this Joe Wilson, R-SC, the agitator with the audacity to call Mr. Obama a liar? Is he a champion for freedom? Well, calling Obama a liar simply isn't enough. What does he believe, and how does he vote? After all, gangsters don't just shake down passersby and hold up convenience stores. They beat up on rival gangsters as well. That we catch a glimpse of one such act doesn't make any of them redeeming characters to my mind. It takes a bit more than that. Fundamentally, the Democrats and Republicans (sans Ron Paul) are two sides of the same political coin. As far as I'm concerned, unless Joe Wilson or any other politician is in complete and unabashed support of certain fundamental principles now generally considered radical, he is functionally little more than a brownshirt beating up on a redshirt with his own idea of how the American totalitarian state should look (OK, so he's not a Nazi. But you get the idea: he's not exactly the opposite of a Democrat, either). He's not the solution, he's part of the problem. What do I care if his vision is different from Obama's? Who's to say that his vision is even remotely feasible, that his proposed policies would lead to the outcome he envisions? Without the points I have laid out (and obviously some others!), both paths inevitably lead to a centralized, fascist, and ultimately suicidal state, even if neither side intends it to be so. One will just take longer than the other to play out. It isn't enough that one is passionate. Marx, Lenin, Mao, and Mussolini were passionate. It isn't enough that one's heart is in the right place. Laws of cause and effect don't care if you are aware of them or how you feel. I'm glad that someone has the guts to harangue the President and the Democrats over their relentless fibbing, but I see very little practical difference between the men who reside in Washington these days, Ron Paul excepted. America likes to think it defeated fascism in the 20th century, but the truth is, the era has poisoned politics, possibly for all time. Very few of us can think outside the fascist paradigm; we think the state is naturally responsible for far too much, especially the obligation to "make things right." Too much of our identity is tied up in the state and its actions, and other institutions have been hollowed out. Our minds simply don't operate the way they once did, and our perspective has been permanently slanted. We can't very well hold our politicians' feet to the fire when our own minds are off in la-la land. What exactly will we hold them to? Squaring the circle properly? The fascist state is in our blood now, as liberty was once long ago. Is Joe Wilson, R-SC going to change any of that? I doubt it. When he decides to call for the FED to be abolished, to end fractional reserve banking, abolish the income tax and public schools, etc., I'll start taking him seriously. But by taking any of those political stances, he'd never hold elective office again. Unlike 99% of America, I don't want a politician who is passionate. I don't want a politician with vision or an agenda or goals. I don't want him to sponsor any initiatives. I don't want a politician who bases his decisions on the outcome he would like to obtain. He shouldn't like to obtain any outcome; he should uphold the law, defend the Constitution, stay out of my business, and let the chips fall where they may. The future of America should not be under the guidance or direction of any man or group of men, regardless of their elective status! It should be determined solely by the actions of free men, acting of their own accord, on their own behalf, subject to a just and disinterested law! That is the essence of a classical liberal social order, but it is anathema to modern America. To leave our fate open to chance is just too scary a proposition; there is no longer any faith in liberty. Sorry, Mackay, there really is no hope in national politics. It doesn't matter who wins the next election. We're circling the toilet bowl, and there is no turning back. The best we can hope for is a few more peaceable laps before the real nastiness begins. There is no salvation in politics. You are looking in the wrong place.