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Who Poses the Greater Threat?

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From Wild Bill Donovan:

By Walter Williams

Bill Gates is the world’s richest person, but what kind of power does he have over you? Can he force your kid to go to a school you do not want him to attend? Can he deny you the right to braid hair in your home for a living? It turns out that a local politician, who might deny us the right to earn a living and dictates which school our kid attends, has far greater power over our lives than any rich person. Rich people can gain power over us, but to do so, they must get permission from our elected representatives at the federal, state or local levels. For example, I might wish to purchase sugar from a Caribbean producer, but America’s sugar lobby pays congressmen hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to impose sugar import tariffs and quotas, forcing me and every other American to purchase their more expensive sugar.

Politicians love pitting us against the rich. All by themselves, the rich have absolutely no power over us. To rip us off, they need the might of Congress to rig the economic game. It’s a slick political sleight-of-hand where politicians and their allies amongst the intellectuals, talking heads and the news media get us caught up in the politics of envy as part of their agenda for greater control over our lives.

The sugar lobby is just one example among thousands. Just ask yourself: Who were the major recipients of the billions of taxpayer bailout dollars, the so-called Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)? The top recipients of TARP handouts included companies such as Citibank, AIG, Goldman Sachs and General Motors. Their top management are paid tens of millions dollars to run companies that were on the verge of bankruptcy, were it not for billions of dollars in taxpayer money. Politicians preach the politics of envy whilst reaching into the ordinary man’s pockets, through the IRS, and handing it over to their favorite rich people and others who make large contributions to their election efforts.

The bottom line is that it is politicians first and their supporters amongst intellectuals who pose the greatest threat to liberty. Dr. Thomas Sowell amply demonstrates this in his brand-new book, “Intellectuals and Society,” in which he points out that: “Scarcely a mass-murdering dictator of the twentieth century was without his intellectual supporters, not simply in his own country, but also in foreign democracies . . . Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Hitler all had their admirers, defenders and apologists among the intelligentsia in Western democratic nations, despite the fact that these dictators each ended up killing people of their own country on a scale unprecedented even by despotic regimes that preceded them.”

While American politicians and intellectuals have not reached the depths of tyrants such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Hitler, they share a common vision. Tyrants denounce free markets and voluntary exchange. They are the chief supporters of reduced private property rights, reduced rights to profits, and they are anti-competition and pro-monopoly. They are pro-control and coercion, by the state. These Americans who run Washington, and their intellectual supporters, believe they have superior wisdom and greater intelligence than the masses. They believe they have been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. Like any other tyrant, they have what they consider good reasons for restricting the freedom of others. A tyrant’s primary agenda calls for the elimination or attenuation of the market. Why? Markets imply voluntary exchange and tyrants do trust that people behaving voluntarily will do what the tyrant thinks they should do. Therefore, they seek to replace the market with economic planning and regulation, which is little more than the forcible superseding of other people’s plans by the powerful elite.

We Americans have forgotten founder Thomas Paine’s warning that “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

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Written by James Lagnese

March 4, 2010 at 6:44 am

Sunday Brunch With The Right Guy: The Inner Circle

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The Knights Of The Right Roundtable



It’s Sunday, and it’s brunch time with The Right Guy and his fellow right knights of the right round table.

Lets start with Bungalow Bill also known as Clay Bowler. When he’s not commenting on the somethign to do with the Beatles, he always has a fair word to say something about our feckless leader and his minions. His latest commentary on the socio-sartorial escapades of Mobama leaves no stone unturned.
Not to be left out, the good Dr. Dave at Feed Your ADHD, had more cutting comments than even The Right Guy. Go Dr. Dave.
Missing from this weekend’s fashion fest was Nickie Goomba. Wherefore art thou Nickie, when we need you?
Over at Land Shark 5150, Land Shark was bubbling over with respect and admiration of the greatest civil right leader of the 19th century (may be extant in this country), the inestimable Frederick Douglass.
Tim over at LCR is also giving like shoutouts to his peeps, and is the inspiration for mine.
And what would any day be without the prolific and profound Libertarian Republican? Eric “The Dynamo” Dondero is currently defending liberty from every direction with his defense of Peter Schiff , who is taking hits not only from every side, but from the church, writing obvious exposés of why we voted for McCain, and reporting on the efforts to repeal the legal drinking age of 21.
The best slogan of the week goes to Smitty, the pseudo-ersatz Stacy McCain at The Other McCain. How can you beat the reaper is cheaper?

Coming round the bend of the table back to me, we have the erudite Dr. John R. Lott, whose vigilance in defending our second amendment rights is second to none, but this weekend, we find him investigating campaign finance reform and the corruption of ACORN.
Missing from this table is Bug, who seems to have lost heart in the blogging pursuits. Where are you Bug?
Lastly, we have William and Chuck cheering from the sidelines as always. Did I mention Black and Gold Fan?
Thank you for reading this blog and have a relaxing Sunday before reurning to the Fabric Covered Box at work.