Hence, LIBERTY is gone as well: “Born to be Jailed” is the American of today.
We in India can see the parallel – for we too have an Independence Day, and a Republic Day as well.
Meet the new boss,
Same as the old boss.
Methinks the new boss is far worse.
Republicanism is not about “the world’s largest democracies.” On the contrary, it is about little, free cities and towns. Honest civic corporations, mayors, property, liberty, and justice.
Bob Dylan is America’s greatest living singer-songwriter – and he has gone through various “phases,” one of which was “spiritual,” if that is the right word. One great song of that period goes:
Well, it may be the Devil,
Or it may be the Lord,
But you still gotta serve somebody.
The Lord and the Devil – these are not “bodies”; these are “forces.”
And in the free market economy, all is well if you simply “serve your customer.” Nothing much more is required to be on the side of the good.
As for those who choose to “serve the Lord” – there is now a fresh scandal erupting about the Vatican Bank. Thus, joining vast bureaucracies claiming some divine mission or the other may not be the right idea.
Bureaucracies brings us to the modern, secular, socialist religion – “Statolatry” – which means “the worship of the State,” and I have grave doubts about the “spiritual salvation” of those who “serve” this god. Like cops, or soldiers. Or whatever.
So, the old Simon & Garfunkel song got it quite right, and this verse must be referring to a “decent” ganja dealer:
Deputy Sheriff said to me,
“You better come here, boy,
You better get your bags and flee.
You’re in trouble, boy,
And now you’re heading into more.”
It’s the same old story, yeah.
Everywhere I go,
I get slandered,
I hear words I never heard in The Bible.
But I’m one step ahead of the shoeshine,
Two steps ahead of the county-line,
Just tryin’ to keep my customer satisfied.
Now, the “social problem” is not one that requires us to forge a “homogenous nation/society” using any political glue that any demagogue may find handy – like community, religion, language, or race – rather, the real problem is to enable numberless strangers to interact in peace and order, while pursuing their own, individual ends.
The WORD to bring back into common parlance is “catallaxy” – which means an open trading arena, and my column on this word and its implications begins by saying this is the “key to an Open Society,” and ends with the assertion that this is humanity’s only way to achieve a “rational, natural order.”
If we just THINK in this direction today – and achieve it whenever – we can all celebrate each and every day as well as night of having lived free, of having pursued happiness as one deemed fit.
Utopia is but a Society of Utopianism. Each INDIVIDUAL in such a Utopia has his own, subjective idea of what his own happiness is about – and the only LEGAL way in which this can be achieved for all is the Inviolability of Private Property.
The Planet becomes a “patchwork quilt” of individually owned properties.
No immigration controls – which violate Private Property and are based on the false assumption that a State owns the entire “nation.”
No trade or capital controls either – which do the same.
And, as Ludwig von Mises pointed out in his analysis of legislative “interventionism,” all these are harmful for humanity, destroy democracy, and only benefit the bureaucracies they spawn for their “enforcement” – and lawyers, of course.
FREE THE WORLD!
Private Economies (instead of fictitious “National Economies”)
Honest Civic Corporations
A “Natural Order” is really what makes “thy Kingdom come, on Earth, as it is in Heaven.”
Domini Dirige Nos.
Allah ho Akbar.
Or good ol’ Mahadev sitting happily stoned atop Mount Kailash.