It ought to be a matter of immense astonishment that a leading business daily like Mint should devote an entire editorial to the problems and prospects of the new political party being floated by the former tax-collector Arvind Kejriwal of the erstwhile “Team Anna.”
But then, with socialist and interventionism they have POLITICISED THE ECONOMY.
So everyone looks towards politics as the solution - while it is politics that is the real problem.
It was none other than Peter Bauer who drew our attention to this inevitable consequence of everything the “bureaucrat-professors” of the Delhi School of Economics were “professing” in the 1950s – to their students, monopolistically; and to public opinion as well. The precise expression Bauer used was “the politicisation of economic life.” He added that, because of this, businessmen would perforce have to pay more attention to politics and government than to their businesses.
They were really EVIL - these bureaucrat-professors, as this old post proves.
The recent “Radia Tapes” scandal only confirms all that Bauer warned us about – so many decades ago.
THIS IS NOT THE WAY FORWARD.
On the contrary, we need to de-politicise the economy.
We need to create private, individual DOMAINS in which we are FREE – to own Property, to engage in consensual trades, and to thereby ACCUMULATE PRIVATE CAPITAL, without which civilization can never progress.
LIBERTY IS PROPERTY – and Liberty means the ABSENCE OF STATE INTERVENTION.
FREEDOM FROM THE STATE!
Further, as my two previous posts on Ben Bernanke have conclusively proved, political control over money and banking are causing CAPITAL CONSUMPTION on a massive scale – worldwide – which is the highway to DE-CIVILISATION.
There is this Mint editorial of the other day on Kingfisher Airlines being “too big to fail” – and let us be quite clear that a real estate bubble is very much underway pan-India.
Their banking cartel is going to collapse – and we need to oppose any further bailouts via the same old fraudulent creation of paper "funny money" and credit.
This is of particular importance to the prospects of our civilisation, where the vast majority is dirt poor, because unless they can accumulate capital – save, invest, and produce, and thereby make gains – overall DEMAND will never rise. We will all be chasing bubbles – rich and poor alike. We will be pursuing politicians, central bankers, and bureaucrat-professors of Economics for solutions – in vain, once again.
I have elaborated on this theme in my two previous posts on Bernanke – the first here; and the second, here.
The OTHER PATH - for capital accumulation among the poorest, is the COPPER COIN pictured above.
Therefore, there is absolutely nothing to be gained for civilisation by pursuing the so-called “democratic path” – establishing political parties, contesting elections, and all that. Not that classical liberals are allowed to, anyway.
Even if this is allowed, it would only suit the socialists, for they would divert our energies into this sort of politics - the politics of electioneering; and that too, for gaining entry into a centralised House of Horrors where NO DEBATES occur, which means no "real politics."
India's socialists have already “fractured the vote” by “licensing” so many political parties, all of them nothing but “gangs” seeking spoils who profess no “political value” other than “loyalty” and obedience” to their Supreme Leader, their Führer. This includes Manmohan Singh and the slavery of the CONgress.
Socialism is this – and nothing else, particularly in politics; but equally, of not more so, in their vast bureaucracies.
This is why Arvind Kejriwal as well as Kiran Bedi – both former bureaucrats – first made their appearance as SUBORDINATES to their Great Leader, Anna Hazare, a “pseudo-Gandhian, pseudo-politician” if ever there was one.
Do read the Mint editorial on Arvind Kejriwal’s “party manifesto” – for they tear it apart. It is the Manifesto of Nonsense.
Of course, I disagree with the editorial on “national defence” as well as “diplomacy” – any my opinions on these can be found here (on “collective security”), and here (on “trade diplomacy”.
I also recommend this Indian Express editorial on Mamata Banerjee and her recent foray into “national agitation politics” – which is of the firm opinion that this “politics” is headed the same way as that of Team Anna, and that is “down, down, down.”
Note that Mamata Banerjee wants to POLITICISE THE ECONOMY, including especially INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENTS.
NUTS! – if you ask me.
So, I once again quote these important words of Ludwig “King” Mises, from his Nation, State, and Economy, in which he clearly explains what classical liberalism was all about:
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.
These are three separate words, with three separate meanings – Nation, State and. Economy.
Think, ponder, and reflect on what these different words mean – before you read the book.
To national-socialists, they are ALL THE SAME.
These three different concepts, to the national-socialist, are all fused into their Führer – and his “political party.”
"India is Indira"!
In any case, democracy seeks to “diffuse power” – and not centralise it.
REPUBLICANISM – that is our path ahead, and out of this MESS.
Have you ever heard of Swiss elections in the news, of any Swiss political party?
I tried out this “experiment with truth” myself while in Switzerland – asking over 100 Swiss citizens the name of their President, and NONE KNEW!
This, while the whole planet knows of Obama.
These are very different political concepts.
And I am extremely glad that Ron Paul dropped out of the presidential race long ago and is focusing all his energies on the “progressive enlightenment of public opinion.”
THERE IS REALLY NO OTHER WAY.
For Civilisation, Against Politics – as my little booklet of so many months ago is titled, and which I intend to develop into a full-fledged book, soon.