America's Compulsory Dependence on Government

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America will
soon be celebrating Independence Day, a reminder of how the American
Founders became independent from British rule and unshackled their
serfdom. But given the U.S. government's growth in its size and
intrusiveness, just how independent are Americans now?

When Friedrich
Hayek wrote The
Road to Serfdom
, I don't think that Hayek
considered that government's monopolies could lead a citizenry into
serfdom. But it may be that the government's monopolies of territorial
protection and monetary production have been paving that road to
serfdom, as they have been also causing widespread economic turmoil
and less security.

Whether the
government-monopolized production of money is constitutionally mandated
or not, the assumption that only the State should control the commodity
of money — a universal means of trade and commerce — needs to be
questioned. And so far, I have not heard a reasonable explanation
of why Americans must be forced to be dependent on only the government's
provision of security
without competition.

The original
intent of the American Founders was for the federal government to
be limited in its size, scope and power. Except for Alexander
Hamilton most notably,
most of the Founders opposed
the use of paper money and government monopolized central banks.
And the Founders by and large opposed "foreign
entanglements
" and imperialistic expansion of the U.S.
government on foreign lands.

By default,
governmental actions will have the reverse
effect
of what their proponents intend, in domestic and foreign
affairs. This is because of the government's legally protected monopoly
that restricts participation of competitive agents. Monopolists
lack incentive and market prices to make sound long-term decisions.
In modern America's immediate gratification culture, government
bureaucrats' decisions are guided by short-sightedness.

By default,
when there are problems as a result of intrusive governmental actions,
rather than recognizing the real causes of the problems, the typical
solutions have been to do more of what has caused the problems.

For example,
rather than repealing all the regulations, taxes, bureaucracy and
other intrusions that have caused Americans' medical matters to
be dysfunctional, the solution of the Democrat-controlled Congress
has been to increase all those regulations and taxes, and
the Republican minority's solution is to reduce them only to a degree
that's politically acceptable in the short term, but not
corrective in the long-term.

As 19th-century
Hamiltonian
central banking
and Lincolnian legal
tender laws
wreaked havoc in Americans' economic and financial
matters, the answer was for more government control and intervention
with the creation in 1913 of the Federal
Reserve
. Subsequently, rather than recognize that it was the
Federal Reserve's control and manipulation of money and the federal
government's interventions into private economies that led to the
Great
Depression
, the solutions of Herbert Hoover and FDR were to
impose more interventions, and greater expansion of the federal
government, all of which deepened and further extended the Depression.
And in 2010, rather than recognize that it is government interferences
with and intrusions into America's financial and banking matters
that have virtually put the whole country into bankruptcy, the answer
has been to increase
the intrusions, which will expand the corruption, dysfunction and
our impoverishment.

And, rather
than recognizing that it's the decades
of intrusions
of the U.S. government into foreign lands that
have been motivating and radicalizing various groups in Middle-Eastern
countries, instead of stopping the counter-productive intrusions,
the bureaucrats' answer to the terrorism has been to increase
those intrusions. Americans have been passively accepting years
of government-issued and media-dispatched propaganda, rather than
facing the facts
of history.

Unfortunately,
for many years the U.S. government, which consists not of competitive
entrepreneurs but of career bureaucrats and other parasites, has
been in collusion with other governments, to our disservice. America's
foreign
policy
has been guided by those foreign entanglements and has
served
the bureaucrats' corporate welfare cronies and not the American
people.

Many Americans
are currently experiencing downward mobility as governments
have expanded. As the wealth and mobility of the actual producers
of goods and services have decreased, the wealth and mobility of
the parasites have moved
upwards
. Eventually, the producers will be outnumbered by the
parasites, and the country will then collapse. But it need not happen.

With the compulsion
of an entire nation of 300 million people spanning thousands of
miles to be dependent on centralized bureaucratic monopolies, it
is all too common that the politicians and bureaucrats use such
monopolies for political purposes, for the compulsory State
monopolist has the power to be above the law, as well as lacks the
incentive to make sound long term decisions.

Because Americans
have been compelled by law to submit to the Federal Reserve's authoritarian
top-down control over monetary
matters without any competitive
alternatives allowed, all economic matters in America have been
severely distorted. This federal control over money has led to further
dependence and usurpation of Americans' economic matters by the
federal government's enmeshments with foreign governments and their
central banks, and agencies such as the International
Monetary
Fund
and the World Bank.

And there is
an interconnection between that compulsory monetary dependence on
the U.S. federal government (and possibly soon a more global governmental
monetary structure) and the internationalism and globalism of the
Global War on Terrorism. It is not an exaggeration to say
that such an enmeshment
of the U.S. government and foreign governments has diminished each
American citizen's individual liberty and America's national sovereignty.

That situation
of compulsory dependence of Americans on the dictatorial controls
by political parasites is extremely out of bounds of what the Founders
intended. It is this compulsory government monopoly and manipulations
of money for which non-government-cartelized banks and private providers
of competitive currencies would be jailed, and it is the compulsory
government monopoly of
territorial protection that has consisted of invading and manipulating
other societies for which private providers of territorial protection
would also be jailed, and that has kept Americans in bondage as
serfs of the State.

Rather than
freeing people as the American Founders had done — and more freedom
creates more prosperity as well as better security — the mainstream
answer has been massive expansion
of government and reversing of freedom that has caused America to
become a dependent, dysfunctional society.

As American
Independence Day approaches, we can celebrate the independence the
Founders had after they separated from authoritarian rule, but to
suggest that we Americans enjoy the independence that the early
Americans enjoyed is unrealistic at best.

There are consequences
of economic and monetary authoritarianism and of trespassing on
foreign lands. Because of short-sightedness, the bureaucrats in
Washington continue to make more laws and regulations each day,
and print more valueless fiat paper money out of thin air that can
only lead to hyper-inflation and economic collapse.

Laws forbidding
theft and trespassing really should be absolute, with no exceptions,
including intrusions into private economic matters and private property
as well as intrusions into foreign peoples' territories that are
contrary to the Founders' original intent.

Societal chaos
can be prevented by allowing for competing
currencies
and repealing all the government regulations and
programs whose authoritarian
governmental dictates, lack of market incentives and natural corrupting
consequences have led to such dependence and serfdom.

The "road
to serfdom" is paved with a centralized, bureaucratic, all-powerful
federal bulldozer monopoly, and the result will naturally be catastrophic,
as we witnessed with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and we are
now seeing with the collapsing of the centralized, debt-ridden European
Union and now the U.S. To restore order, freedom and prosperity,
America needs to privatize much of what the federal government does,
and let the States have the sovereignty and independence that the
Founders originally intended for them to have.

Scott
Lazarowitz [send him mail]
is a commentator and cartoonist at Reasonandjest.com.

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