"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
02 April 2009
"Daily" short - Central Planning
"Central planning for an economy works only in a war, because the price of failure is death. The image of one's child incinerated by an enemy will get a man early to work and keep him on task all day. In the absence of war, the consequences are the still death: his family will eventually die of starvation if people don't do work in the socialist utopia. But that's further off and fuzzier and besides he's sure that somebody will do get it done. He'll work a little when forced, but not very hard. Only an immediate threat from above can motivate him, but only for a while. This is why socialism leads inexorably to totalitarianism, and this is why both of them always fail in the end."