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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/7875/we-dont-need-a-president/

We Don’t Need a President

March 6, 2008 by

Neither party will cut government in a way that is desperately needed. Instead, they offer a left- or right-tinged Americanized socialism or fascism. One promises domestic expansion and foreign reduction; the other promises foreign expansion and domestic reduction. The inevitable compromise: expand both domestically and internationally.

In addition, whatever the new president does will make our growing economic problems worse. The economic interventions they propose will add to our troubles, whether that means expanding inflation, taxes, controls, or debt. Another war is unthinkable, but probably inevitable. You can already detect it in the aggressive trajectory towards Iran. More business regulation can only dampen the fires of free enterprise, which are our saving grace today.

The best solution would be a government that would destroy itself. The second best solution would be a government that does nothing at all – then, at least, matters will not get worse. This is what canceling the election would do. It would introduce enough confusion and chaos to keep government from acting either domestically or internationally, which would be a wonderful thing. FULL ARTICLE

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George Gaskell March 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm

It may be that if I wasn’t going through what I’m going through right now, I’d be more open-minded about anarchism. But I’ll tell you something…once I realized that I had an anarchist on my hands who’d gone rogue, I was sold on limited government.

I find this sentiment to be very strange, and not at all reasonable.

1. You are having some unspecified problem with one person, who (I presume) is harassing or threatening you.

2. This criminal (or near-criminal) is a self-styled anarchist.

3. In today’s America, which practices full-blown socialism in every way but name, you have very limited options to deal with this situation, and are even implicitly and explicitly threatened by the State with various penalties if you use ANY means OTHER than resort to other agents of the State to solve your problem.

4. So, rather than identify the source of your problems as either (a) one possibly deranged person, or (b) the policies of a State that severely limits your ability to deal with this problem, you choose Option C: blame anarchism and promote the continuation of the State.

If this harasser were a Democrat, would it cause you to vote Republican? Or vice versa? If he happened to be a rancher, would it make you become a promoter of vegetarianism?

IMHO March 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Niccolo

“Fine, but if you try to get me to pay for your “limited government” I will not hesitate to draw guns. As I come from a little bit of wealth and a lot of family, there’s much blood for you to spill to force me to comply.”

It appears that anyone who doesn’t agree with you will find themselves looking down the barrel of your gun. Is that not a kind of coercion? threat? intimidation? violence? Did you learn that here? I think not. Do you understand that it’s the violence of your speech that will cause others to turn away from libertarianism? Your constant references to violence will encourage even more people to want limited government. You are defeating your own purposes.

That’s the deal then – you or me. I will never bow down to you and you won’t go away peacefully.

I have never asked anyone to bow down to me, and I’ve walked away from those who have tried. As for the remark about me not wanting to leave this website peacefully…what are you suggesting?

IMHO March 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm

George,

Maybe you should read my reply to Niccolo.

Kevin B March 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm

IMHO: “You are defeating your own purposes.”

Niccolo’s warning of a resort to violence is clearly one of self-defense. You are suggesting that most readers of this blog are too stupid to realize that?

TLWP Sam March 7, 2008 at 10:45 pm

“Fine, but if you try to get me to pay for your “limited government” I will not hesitate to draw guns. As I come from a little bit of wealth and a lot of family, there’s much blood for you to spill to force me to comply.

That’s the deal then – you or me. I will never bow down to you and you won’t go away peacefully. So what do you think it will come to, if you are to bring about some “limited government?” Do you think I’ll change if you don’t?”

Wow! You already live in an anarchist society N. Adami? Why, instead, do I get the feeling you’re really living in a Evil Statist society thinking about how you’d live in an anarchist society? So the how-to-live in Anarchotopia has been figured but the problem still remains how to get there? If us Evil Statists rely on a top-down society then all yous have to do is disappear, go underground and start assassinating various state and federal politicians until no one is willing to run for office and us Evil Statists destroy ourselves in the inevitable confusion. Hell, it should be easy considering much trouble ObL has caused the U.S. and they still can’t find him what with the might and resources of the U.S. military!

IMHO March 8, 2008 at 2:58 am

Kevin,

“Niccolo’s warning of a resort to violence is clearly one of self-defense. You are suggesting that most readers of this blog are too stupid to realize that?”

It was no more than a week or two ago that it was suggested to me that the average newcomer to Mises was too stupid to comprehend a basic, one-page discussion of inflation written by Mises; but you’re certain that they’ll immediately grasp the reasons behind graphic descriptions of killing?!?

We were not all raised as video warriors. Many people consider life to be sacred and so the taking of life is not something one should brag about or take lightly.

If need be, would I defend myself? Yes. Would I brag about the gory details later? No. Instead, it would bother me that I had to commit such an act.

Mark Ryan March 9, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Interesting thoughts… makes me feel a little better that it really does not matter who gets elected…
I hated that I felt like I had not real choice and it was the best of the worst choice… Will there be a spot on the ballot for no government???

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