The entire world is in both political as well as economic turmoil - all caused by the "global financial and political elites" - and these very same people are talking about a "solution" by which they will continue to remain dominant - and that is, some sort of "world government." I have been reading about this "theme" or "meme" of theirs for quite some time on TheDailyBell.com, most recently in this article that says the UN is going to "control crime."
There is "politics for the polis" - very down to earth - and then, there is this Laputa: an island floating high above in the sky. Do read this particular adventure of Gulliver's - and ensure your children read it, too. The above illustration is of this Laputa.
UN, IMF, World Bank - or the International Gold Standard. It doesn't require a "world government" or "global consensus" to switch from paper to gold. Any city can decide to do so and gain - as I have explained in this old column on the subject.
Anyway, as far as the global financial order is concerned – we are looking at a train wreck.
In the shuffling MADNESS,
(or what I called “criminal insanity”),
Of a locomotive breath,
Runs the all-time loser,
Headlong to his death,
And he can hear the pistons screaming,
Steam braking on his brow,
But ol’ Charlie stole the handle,
And the train it won’t stop moving,
‘Cause it won’t slow down.
And with yesterday’s news about the S&P downgrade of India’s “sovereign rating” – and with dire predictions of more downgrades to come soon, we are looking at another train wreck in India as well.
What can I say, for I did offer to teach, but they said, “WE are knowledge-proof.”
“I” paraphrase Dylan:
I just wanted to be yer Teacher, babe,
I didn’t wanna be yer Boss,
Don’t say I didn’t warn ya,
When yer train gets lost.
And, let us never forget, Manmohan and Montek took all their cues from the same “global financial elite.”
So, let us never agree to any Laputa-in-the-Sky.
There is “politics” – what Aristotle wrote an entire book on – and there is something else, commonplace today, especially in our country, and that is “tax parasitism.” Welfarism is nothing but encouraging the poor to become tax parasites as well – despite the fact that this is economically unsustainable. It is the very same “false philanthropy” that Bastiat warned socialism is all about. I have written against this in a column titled “The Morality of Markets.”
Thus, we see that our corrupt and useless State-level governments are also broke. They are also very much in serious debt. This is true of West Bengal as well. The Chief Minister of this state is “politicking” with New Delhi in order to get more paper money and paper credits for her empty coffers. She, of course, is very keen on “helping the poor.” They all are.
The best model of “politics for the polis” I have found – and let us never forget that all “political science” is History – is that of the Lord Mayor of London. It has never been an “office of profit.” They have never been paid – and this institution is over 800 years old, older than the Magna Carta. Instead, they have had to spend huge sums on living it up in great style – on their own money – so as to astound the monarch with their wealth. In this Olde City, everyone “minds his own business” – except for the Lord Mayor and the two sheriffs, who have to neglect their businesses in order to look after civic affairs. This is how the Civic Sword is best upheld. And this is the key to Civilisation without Politics.
Check out my Natural Order on the right hand bar - and you will find an essay on this honest civic institution steeped in history, customs, as well as pageantry and pomp.
So, private law – which is “rules without rulers.”
So, moderate local taxes for local facilities – capital investments in the city.
The motto of this ancient city is Domine Dirige Nos – which means, “Let God be our Guide.”
Not the King – who, in fact, is not allowed to interfere.
Not any Planner.
As in Allah ho Akbar!
Each Individual as the “architect of his own fortune.”
I have an old post on the contrasting views on “politics” between a Fabian socialist, Bernard Crick, a British cabinet minister of the Gladstonian era, and Anthony de Jasay, the libertarian philosopher who thinks, as I do, that politics is divisive, the cause of endless conflicts, and much to be deplored. You can read that post here.
Let us also ponder what Ludwig von Mises wrote on the dubious idea of a “world empire” – or any empire for that matter. The following quote is from his Nation, State and Economy:
Liberalism, which demands full freedom of the economy, seeks to dissolve the difficulties that the diversity of political arrangements pits against the development of trade by separating the economy from the state. It strives for the greatest possible unification of law, in the last analysis for world unity of law. But it does not believe that to reach this goal, great empires or even a world empire must be created.
So, as I have been writing for long, though not lately, let us think of one such city, somewhere on this sub-continent – and take it from there.
Do YOU hear “the sound of one hand clapping”?
Is it a fact that “the all-time winner has got him by the balls”?
Has he “picked up Gideon’s Bible – open at Page One”?
But I don’t believe Ol’ Charlie stole any handle at all. These fuckers stole the whole fuckin' train and ripped off the handle. And that explains why they crashed.
Crash, bang, tinkle, plop, plop, plop….