The Wealthy Live Without Government
by Bill Walker: If
You Want Electric Cars, You Need Electricity
judicial branch recently announced an attempt to recapture
business law from private arbitration. It’s quite hopeless;
even the one judge assigned to the quixotic charge of this judicial
Light Brigade admits that he doesn’t expect many businesses to use
his court. And they won’t.
Why would anyone
leave the relatively rational, honest, quick world of private arbitration
for the endless delays and corruption of government courts? They
wouldn’t. Even if they disagree with any one decision of a private
arbitrator, at least the case will be OVER and they can get on with
their business. That doesn’t happen once you sink into the tar pit
of the US judicial system (ask my brother-in-law about his four-year
divorce case…) As one of the NH Supreme Court judges said, "businesses
don’t use state courts."
But it goes
further than that. Wealthy people and corporations don’t use state
facilities of any kind when they can avoid them. The wealthy, including
those in charge of inflicting government programs on the rest of
us, use private services for themselves:
First and most
important, the wealthy send their children to private schools. Even
the Clintons and the Obamas sent their daughter(s) to private
school, while talking loudly about the importance of keeping
school vouchers away from working people. Many private schools may
cost less than public schools, but they’re far better for the
students in any measurable outcomes. And of course it’s easier to
stay wealthy if you have a decent education.
don’t get felt up by TSA or blasted with x-rays; they use private
aircraft. Because of course private jets [or private suborbital
rockets] could never be loaded with explosives and used to take
down a skyscraper… errr, um….
don’t depend on government police. They have bodyguards and private
security for their homes. Private guards, of course, enforce private
law… the wealthy don’t have to fear the Drug War unless they forget
themselves and stray into "public" territory.
may claim to be for gun control, but their guards are their
weapons… and their guards are armed. Even when they go overseas
in government service, the wealthy are protected by Xe ("the
company formerly known as Blackwater") or some other mercenary
don’t depend on government health services. They don’t go on two-year
waiting lists for treatments or transplant organs. They just fly
to wherever the medical services are available. They don’t wait
all night to beg a doctor to prescribe an antibiotic for their strep
throat, either… they just have a private doctor get out of bed and
get them some, or they fly to a country where the pharmacists are
actually allowed to practice.
Some of the
wealthy even travel to the future
for better medical care… of course they may become some robot’s
pet, but is that worse than the emergency room at Parkland?
don’t depend on government fiat money or bonds for their savings.
They diversify into assets in different countries. Even their accounts
are hidden in the Caymans or other havens. Inflation can only affect
the small amounts they keep for everyday use; most of their money
is in ownership of companies with real assets, or in hedge funds.
And of course many have an emergency
stock of gold.
of temporary hormonal insanity (which of course does
happen), the wealthy don’t end up in four-year divorce cases.
They write their own contracts, pre-nups, specify private arbitration,
obviously, don’t depend on Social Security, or unemployment, or
the rest of the supposed "safety net." And that makes
them a lot safer.
So the wealthy
live as anarcho-capitalists, even those dependent on corporate welfare
or even holding official positions within a government. They get
by without all the "vitally important government services,"
even those of the central banks, courts, police, and armed forces.
Perhaps this is why so many of the wealthy advocate more socialism;
they don’t live under it.
the Wealthy, Join Them
My point is
not that we should all stand around consumed by envy and bloated
by cheeseburgers like Michael Moore. It doesn’t hurt me if someone
else has more money…in fact it helps me a whole lot. It’s really
hard to sell products or services to poor people, and fundraising
from them isn’t that productive either.
And while the
wealthy live with more private services than we do, they only live
in ersatz anarcho-capitalism. They may have private airplanes, but
they can still only go as fast as our grandfathers did in 1960 in
707s. They may go to private doctors, but overall medical progress
is still held up by the FDA, so they still get cancer. They may
have private security against carjackers, but governments still
have nuclear weapons, nerve gas, Ebola/flu, and billions of dollars’
worth of lethal pro-war propaganda.
the wealthy is a worthy goal (assuming we do it by producing a good
or service and not by rent-seeking). Being wealthy may not guarantee
you a life free of government interference, but it does mean that
you’ll have the resources to make an impact on the world. Web publishing
is cheap, but it’s hard to get people to listen to you if you’re
poor… they assume that if you knew what you were doing, you’d be
better off. You don’t have to spend money to have credibility, you
just have to accumulate it.
You may say
that "wealth is relative." Not really. If you’re a millionaire,
some billionaire may have a thousand times your wealth, but you
can still afford private schools, private arbitrators, and private
medical care. Once you escape dependence on government services,
you are "wealthy" in an absolute sense.
Most of us
can reach the level of productivity needed to escape most government
"services." It just requires that we live the economic
lessons that we supposedly learned from all those free-market economics
texts on our shelves. That means that we don’t become hermits and
ignore the division of labor, comparative advantage, and the necessity
to live by the sweat of our brows. (Yes, I’m talking to you, Ron:
it’s time for you to give
up lion taming and go back to chartered accountancy!)
the "socialists" nowadays have mastered the practical
ways of capitalism and live in a relatively free-market world. It’s
time more libertarians joined them.
Walker [send him mail]
works for the medical imaging company M2S.
He lives with his wife Patricia in Plainfield NH, where they are
active in the New Hampshire Liberty
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