The expression “Pax Americana” in an otherwise interesting editorial in Mint today struck me as surely the greatest misnomer, ever.
What we can all clearly SEE is Bellum Americana – and it is therefore worth looking back at what Pax Britannica was all about.
I have a previous post on this – with historical evidence from the Af-Pak region that is so troubled today. But what is truly the finest description of Justice within the British Empire in India – “and there will be no peace, unless there is justice,” as I wrote only yesterday – comes from the following recollection Nirad C Chaudhuri made in his Autobiography:
Overhead there appeared to be, coinciding with the sky, an immutable sphere of justice and order, brooding sleeplessly over what was happening below. But that feeling vanished at one stroke with the coming of the nationalist agitation in 1905.
Note: The Empress of India was very, very far away – and the ENTIRE REGION was peaceful, because of the “immutable sphere of justice and order" that hung overhead.
“An empire of laws and not of men.” Nothing ARBITARY about Law – unlike Legislation, which only serves to inject “uncertainty” into laws, and thereby increases disputes and litigation.
To Chaudhuri, it all ended in 1905 – when Victoria and Gladstone both passed on; when the Liberals in Britain morphed into the Labour Party; when Curzon found Bengal too hot to handle, and so lit the fires of religious strife that are yet to be put out.
The “nationalist agitation” that began in 1905 here was “socialist” – exactly mimicking trends in Britain, where the new Labour Party passed the Trades Disputes Act in 1906.
National Socialism – worldwide. Wars, wars and more wars, still continuing. I have a recent post that gives a “brief history” of how all these horrendous events came about.
The following quote from Ludwig von Mises’ Nation, State, and Economy (and do ponder these three very important and different words in the title of this book) makes it absolutely clear what is needed today – not to build any new empire, but to achieve Justice and Peace worldwide:
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
Mises was, of course, the author of Theory of Money and Bank Credit (1912) – and he looked upon Keynesianism with utter contempt. This is an extremely important point to note in our ever so Keynesian times of today, for all contemporary wars are financed through Keynesian inflationism.
I therefore found this particular column in Mint today really worth recommending to all my readers, for it says, in the title itself, that “Kleptocracy is Global.” Great quotes about the US Fed, Bernanke and QE3.
So, let us now list all that the world needs to achieve what can only be called CIVILISATION – justice, peace, prosperity, private capital accumulation and all that.
The Inviolability of Private Property. This frees all consensual trades and thereby makes for ex ante justice – no legal disputes by definition – which means peace and order. Add to this Contracts and Torts – all within a “private law society.” These laws are unchangeable – and they “protect”; they do not “coerce.” There is thus not only Liberty – but also “certainty” as to what is lawful and what is not. None will be “ignorant of the law” – without having to ever study “Civics.”
2. PURE CAPITALISM:
This is about Private Money, free choice in the media of exchange, and free, competitive private banking under the same private laws of Property and Contract. I have discussed this recently in detail.
3. PRIVATE CAPITAL ACCUMULATION:
With complete economic freedom and hard, inflation-proof money, even the poorest of today will accumulate capital – as, for example, by saving in coins made of copper.
With private properties – which begin as a “liberty” and not a “political right” – the HUMAN HABITAT problem will be solved. Livable cities and towns will soon sprout – and CIVILISATION will progress in leaps and bounds.
All that it needs to begin on this path is one free trading and self-governing port city based on these Principles. It will soon become a Global Financial Hub – from which the rest of the world will learn, and then follow. The “world unity of law” will come about eventually.
This is HISTORY – from Venice to the Hansastadte to Amsterdam to London and New York.
Today, with “funny money” and the “global kleptocracy,” what is called wealth is just a delusion. I wrote that the real TREES are all the street-hawkers and vendors, numbering billions, whose savings are being eroded, while the HOT ASHES are a few DEBT-LOADED giant corporates, which is precisely what the ancients meant when they said, “all that glitters is not gold.”
I also gave the historical example of the Olde City of London and its Lord Mayor as an excellent illustration of what Capitalism is all about – especially the fact that this has never been an “office of profit.” On the contrary.
Now, in this huge big country and the very much bigger troubled world outside, what people decide to do and how is NOT MY BUSINESS.
As this blog says, I am just a “philosopher of freedom.”
There was MARX – and then there were Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Jyoti Basu, Yechury, the Karats and all that.
There was this BATTLE OF IDEAS very much in progress when I started off way back when. Over the years, weeding out errors one by one, I finally “arrived” – as they say. There are “doers” – and there are “thinkers.” I may have tried my hand at doing, may have even offered to do so recently, but today I have very different plans for myself. I wish to make it plain that I will not engage myself in any “activism.” All I wish to do from now on is to continue with my very serious studies, and thereby PRODUCE very serious KNOWLEDGE. That is it: a philosopher of freedom, and nothing more than that.
I want NOTHING to with any State or Government, or even any Political Party – for I do not believe in these.
I believe in PRODUCTION and EXCHANGE as the only moral as well as respectable means of survival – and, towards this noble end, I have made for myself the following modest plans:
First: My very brief essay For Civilisation, Against Politics: Arguments for an Intellectual-Moral Revolution, which is available as a free public document on this blog for universal viewing, will be expanded into a full-fledged book within a few months, self-published – very well designed and produced, handsomely bound and all that – and universally sold in hardcover, copyrighted. There will be no electronic version.
Second: After this work is done, I shall proceed to script a documentary series on the philosophy of freedom and civilization, which I shall present myself on camera. Broadcasting rights will thereafter be sold.
With the PROFITS from these, I shall live a modest life, in modest comfort, doing what I want to do.
That is, a PRIVATE LIFE within PRIVATE PROPERTY – under my own security.
This is complete accordance with my own mottoes:
Each man for himself, each man by himself.
And MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.