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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/10848/the-death-of-politics/

The Death of Politics

October 16, 2009 by

The Left’s attack on corporate capitalism is, when examined, an attack on economic forms possible only in collusion between authoritarian government and bureaucratized, entrepreneur business. FULL ARTICLE by Karl Hess


fundamentalist October 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

Socialists and libertarians are united in our hatred of the corporate-government complex. We just differ on the bad guy. Socialists want to crush corporations and increase the state while libertarians want to crush the state and let corporations shrivel from lack of support from the state.

Tim Kern October 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

“Rockefeller criticized Nixon for having asserted that, someday, the draft could be replaced by a volunteer system, an old Republican promise.”

Let us not be deceived: this has not happened. We do not have a “volunteer” system. We have a mercenary system, with all the good and bad that connotes.

While some argue that “nationalism” might arise from a truly volunteer system, others may worry that volunteers could simply overwhelm the nation’s weapons-traning and -caching infrastructures and take over.

Perhaps the writers of the Constitution, in permitting only a standing Navy (and they meant the infrastructure more than the manpower) were on to something.

Remember the Constitution? It’s a sheet of parchment, housed in nitrogen and under glass in a dimly-lit room in the National Archives. At one time, people read it and took it seriously.

RWW October 17, 2009 at 12:03 am

Remember the Constitution? … At one time, people read it and took it seriously.

Aye, and that’s where the trouble started.

gene October 17, 2009 at 11:34 am

undoubtably one of the best articles I have read on this site.

fundamentalist makes a great point, but I don’t think the Statist left wants to “crush” the corporations at all. Every move in the “welfare” area of the State has made life better for corporations, just as the new health bill will.

what is better than having a worker who when his peak working years are through, you can toss him out and let the State take care of him with other workers [taxpayers] money? the social welfare system simply allows corporations not to compete in the wage and benefits of their workers and does it with the wages [taxes] of its workers. the perfect corporate system.

the Fabian social program is collusive with the corporate capital monopoly, both backed by the force of the State.

Alexander S. Peak October 17, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Shockingly, I’ve yet to actually read this entire article, although I’ve started reading it a number of times. Perhaps if an .mp3 version of it were made available…

Alex Peak

Shed Plant October 18, 2009 at 11:24 am

An article most worthy of reading, despite its length!

Bill Ross October 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm

In other words, we are doomed without restoration of the “rule of law”. Otherwise, we collectively go down in the anarchy of false political rationalizations in this eternal war between the productive (those who produce more than they consume) and the rationalizing greedy (those who consume more than they produce).

The “rule of law” is a precisely defined law. It is the highest law of mankind, stated below:

“the suppression of forceful and fraudulent methods of goal seeking”

“all are treated equally by the law”. This means ALL, including king and judges

“absolute property rights”

This in turn is based on the fact that human behavior (the topic of law) is about goal seeking. In the seeking of any goal, there are only three possible methods: force, fraud and honest trade. Any transaction that is not an honest, mutually agreed trade will cause a self-defensive response (conflict) from the victim whose survival has been affected.

“The Rule of Law” is the glue that keeps all of mankind acting together in common interest, tied together by mutual dependence of trade, on an evolutionary path to excellence. Force and fraud creates conflict and destroys civilizations. Mankind is now on a devolutionary path to extinction because the co-operation once forced by “the rule of law” has been replaced by legitimizing force and fraud for those who incorrectly believe they wield power.

Rule of Law, Defined:


Purpose of, Reasons For:


Mathematics of Rule (explains current economic stall):


I believe this constitutes an independent proof, from a scientific, rational perspective of the basis of Libertarian philosophy and Austrian economics.

Bill Ross
(Electronics Design Engineer)

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