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Dear Lew,

Gary North
is some kind of a giant. I got into his Institutional

yesterday and followed the
link to Freebooks
. Previously having followed a few of
his other links this one blew me away.

As I read on
and installed DjVu and read on further I began to evolve an idea
that had probably been gestating in the back of my mind for a long
time. I'm not sure how it came about. (Free association is a feature
of schizophrenia.) But it did.

I'm writing
to ask if you think this is a reasonable and feasible course for
me to pursue.

Would it be
worthwhile to explore the idea that to get "the message"
out to a greater number of people one avenue is to emphasize
— by examples, logic, repetition, etc., the inevitability of graft
and corruption in central planning…, at least in the implementation
of central planning. I mean, something I would concentrate upon,
article after article.

People are
attracted to sordidness; piling it on in descriptions of corruption
might attract many who would then be receptive to the concept of
the relationship between such corruption and the concentration of
power. We might be able to get their attention and disapproval of
the connection between graft and corruption and their tax dollar,
their contract-in-good-faith with their representatives.

There are many
flaws in the results of central planning, which is one of the continuing
themes of true conservative and economic libertarian, Austrian,
punditry. These include but are not limited to: inefficiency, inevitable
loss of freedom, lack of true security, loss of diversity, unfairness,
inevitable graft and corruption, and ultimately the ultimate impossibility
of central planning.

All of these
themes need to be developed continuously as they currently are.
I'm thinking I may pursue and concentrate on the theme of corruption…
pleasant thought…. It is "in your face," a feature of
my personality; it doesn't require a depth of knowledge of economics,
Austrian or otherwise (is there any otherwise?); there is a wealth
of material out there, historical and ongoing.

It wouldn't
keep me from popping out the occasionally diverse piece as has marked
my first six. But it would give me some depth in a specific area
which I could turn to benefit, for personal satisfaction, for personal
advantage (?recognition), and for furtherance of reaching more of
the population (mass-man) and influencing them away from the central

There are lots
of good people out there even if they are not part of the remnant
(am I, are you?) who might be offended by this one specific negative,
corruption, who might otherwise just accept the ups and downs of
the current scene as presented by the various forms of the media,
as going with the territory. Maybe they could be reached by getting
more of this type stuff into more popular media.

There certainly
is lots of corruption in the news currently, as there usually is,
but the point is never made, that it is just inevitably a part of
welfare, redistribution, central planning, etc., albeit a typical
part of human nature(??), and would be much less able to permeate
in decentralized systems. Special interests are often mentioned,
and usually with a pejorative sense, but not with the explication
and vitriol of pointing out their inevitability in our current system.

This is part
and parcel, Chuck George's fantastical extension, of the stated
principle that the ultimate route to a cleaner, more honest, libertarian
society is through education, the mission of the Ludwig von Mises
Institute. Helping students to discover the economics of freedom,
and inspiring them to go on to teach at the university level, is
perhaps the Institute’s most important program. The idea I'm
stewing on here might evolve as a non-academic's supplement to that

I'm thinking
not as an investigative operative — I'm not a net-worker — but as
a consolidator and analyst to put the material into a digestible
form with the underlying theme that corruption is inevitable in
central planning. That's something students of libertarianism and
laissez faire economics understand. More of the population needs
to be exposed to the concept. Maybe I can help.

Please excuse
me if asking this is too presumptuous but it would be most helpful
to know whether you think this might be a profitable theme to develop
further, or whether I should continue with my random subject selection.


8, 2006

George [send him mail]
is a retired orthopedic surgeon in Alabama.

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