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Plenty of cults exist - every cult has its 'religious dogma', its idols, its 'prophets', its 'science', its 'proof' and its intolerant liturgy of demands.  Cults everywhere:  Corona, 'The Science' or Scientism, Islam, the State, the cult of Gender Fascism, Marxism, Darwin and Evolution, Globaloneywarming, Changing Climate, Abortion...

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The wisdom of Bastiat. What would he think of modern France?

The victory of Statism over reality.

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What would the famous Bastiat make of modern France?  A country dominated by the EU or German Empire, and massive, overweening, overwhelming government?  A country invaded so relentlessly by Muslims and Africans over 30 years, that Paris looks like it belongs somewhere in central Africa, and Marseilles appears to be sited in Lebanon or Arabia.  A country so debauched by self-loathing that any policy which may remotely indicate sovereignty, independence, cultural pride, or common-sense is categorised as fascist, hateful, and bigoted.  A country which highlights where the inexorable growth of government leads to, namely state despotism.  A country still wedded to the Rona fascism, stabbinations, interventions and soon a border where to enter as a mere peasant-tourist, you will need to have 4 fingerprints taken, along with 6 photographs and have your movements tracked and known.  Surely this is the utopia of democracy and liberty.  How did the France of Bastiat end up here?

 

Bastiat was the famed mid-19th French economist noted for his adherence to economic reality; and the disavowal of socialist-utopian schemes. In today's parlance he would be a conservative-libertarian, ignored by the main-stream media as an 'extremist' and condemned by modern Keynesian's as 'heartless'. But as Bastiat famously declared, in economics it is the 'unknown' which is far more important that the 'known'.

 

“The tribute paid by the people to commerce is that which is seen. The tribute which the people would pay to the State, or to its agents, in the Socialist system, is what is not seen.”

 

The consequences of socialism and government statist power are all too real and run through the width and breadth of the political-economy. Nothing in life is free – not even paper printed up and called money, which apparently resolves all economic ills, themselves caused of course by government.

 

Bastiat's sensibility runs counter to the socialist-statist addiction the current world finds itself in. If the Pharaohs build pyramids does that really improve your fictional GDP, itself a spending algorithm of little factual relevance? What are the unforeseen consequences of debt, printing money, and governmental interference in most of the political economy? What happens to your freedom when government can impose an endless array off taxes to 'save the poor'; 'provide for the elderly'; 'aid the little guy'; or create 'equality', 'fairness' and 'fraternity' for all? When you strip away the baseless rhetoric, the statistical lies, the mendacious declarations, what do you see but naked power, ambition, and the will to control?

 

Bastiat would likely die of shock if he returned today to his native France or meandered through the modern socialist America of xi Biden and the moron US plutocracy. The state controls over half the economy in France, and over 45% in the USA. Keynesianism mysticism, with unlimited spending, endless current and future liabilities and debts, and the issuance of paper money, along with political promises to 'do more' would likely cause Bastiat to die of a heart-attack. There is no end in sight of the collective madness now called 'democracy', which is really undemocratic mob-rule; and statism.

 

Bastiat on Government:

Government is that great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. For now, as formerly, everyone is more or less for profiting by the labors of others. No one would dare to profess such a sentiment; he even hides it from himself; and then what is done? A medium is thought of; Government is applied to, and every class in its turn comes to it, and says, “You, who can take justifiably and honestly, take from the public, and we will partake.” Alas! Government is only too much disposed to follow this diabolical advice, for it is composed of ministers and officials—of men, in short, who, like all other men, desire in their hearts, and always seize every opportunity with eagerness, to increase their wealth and influence.

 

Bastiat on the arrogance and ignorance of 'Great Men':

I cannot avoid coming to this conclusion—that there are too many great men in the world; there are too many legislators, organizers, institutors of society, conductors of the people, fathers of nations, etc., etc. Too many persons place themselves above mankind, to rule and patronize it; too many persons make a trade of looking after it.

 

Bastiat on the French Revolution, which gave the world Robespierre and Napoleon....]

[quoting from] Robespierre: “The principle of the Republican Government is virtue, and the means to be adopted, during its establishment, is terror. We want to substitute, in our country, morality for self-indulgence, probity for honour, principles for customs, duties for decorum, the empire of reason for the tyranny of fashion, contempt of vice for contempt of misfortune, pride for insolence, greatness of soul for vanity, love of glory for love of money, good people for good company, merit for intrigue, genius for wit, truth for glitter, the charm of happiness for the weariness of pleasure, the greatness of man for the littleness of the great, a magnanimous, powerful, happy people, for one that is easy, frivolous, degraded; that is to say, we would substitute all the virtues and miracles of a republic for all the vices and absurdities of monarchy.”

 

At what a vast height above the rest of mankind does Robespierre place himself here! And observe the arrogance with which he speaks. He is not content with expressing a desire for a great renovation of the human heart, he does not even expect such a result from a regular Government. No; he intends to effect it himself, and by means of terror.

 

The ridiculous assertion that government programs fairly redistribute wealth:

Accordingly, orders are given that the drains in the Champs-Mars be made and unmade. The great Napoleon, it is said, thought he was doing a very philanthropic work by causing ditches to be made and then filled up. He said, therefore, “What signifies the result? All we want is to see wealth spread among the labouring classes.” ...Now, if all the citizens were to be called together, and made to execute, in conjunction, a work useful to all, this would be easily understood; their reward would be found in the results of the work itself. But after having called them together, if you force them to make roads which no one will pass through, palaces which no one will inhabit, and this under the pretext of finding them work, it would be absurd, and they would have a right to argue, “With this labour we have nothing to do; we prefer working on our own account.”

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Whence we arrive at this unexpected conclusion: “Society loses the value of things which are uselessly destroyed;” and we must assent to a maxim which will make the hair of protectionists stand on end—To break, to spoil, to waste, is not to encourage national labour; or, more briefly, “destruction is not profit.”

 

Socialism and the inevitable plunder:

As the result of its systems and of its efforts, it would seem that socialism, notwithstanding all its self-complacency, can scarcely help perceiving the monster of legal plunder. But what does it do? It disguises it cleverly from others, and even from itself, under the seductive names of fraternity, solidarity, organization, association. And because we do not ask so much at the hands of the law, because we only ask it for justice, it alleges that we reject fraternity, solidarity, organization, and association; and they brand us with the name of individualists. We can assure them that what we repudiate is not natural organization, but forced organization.

 

The Barbarism of Socialism:

I know not to what barbarous age we should have to go back, if we were to sink to the level of Socialist knowledge on this subject. These modern zealots incessantly distinguish association from actual society. They overlook the fact that society, free of regulation, is a true association, far superior to any of those that proceed from their fertile imaginations.

 

The myth of 'collective right':

Collective right, then, has its principle, its reason for existing, its lawfulness, in individual right; and the common force cannot rationally have any other end, or any other mission, than that of the isolated forces for which it is substituted. Thus, as the force of an individual cannot lawfully touch the person, the liberty, or the property of another individual—for the same reason, the common force cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, the liberty, or the property of individuals or of classes.

 

The usual declaration that you are the state, and the state is you:

...because, setting out upon the maxim that nothing exists independently of the will of the State, you conclude that nothing lives but what the State causes to live. But I oppose to this assertion the very example which you have chosen, and beg you to note, that the grandest and noblest of exhibitions, one which has been conceived in the most liberal and universal spirit—and I might even make use of the term humanitarian, for it is no exaggeration—is the exhibition now preparing in London [Crystal Palace 1851]; the only one in which no government is taking any part, and which is being paid for by no tax.

[can you imagine an expo anywhere in the world not funded mostly by public tax money?]

 

Government in the mid-19th century was very limited indeed compared to today. It was only during World War I that government expenditure, regulation control and indirect power over the economy comprised 10% or more of the total GDP of the modern state. That 10% is now 50% for many nations and shows no signs of diminution. In 1850 perhaps 5% of GDP in Bastiat's France, might have been under the purview of political and bureaucratic elites. That total today is roughly 52%, a seemingly inexorable trend towards statism. The socialist tide shows no sign of abatement, even in lieu of bankruptcy.  The state is now the new God, the new religion, the new altar of supernatural faith and the repository of divine rule.

 

 

 

Corona: Massive Government always leads to despotic totalitarianism

Fascsim and Communism are simply expressions of state power

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The word ‘Fascism’ does not identify ‘right wing’ theories.  ‘Right wing’ properly defined is ultra-libertarian, even anarchic.  The use of ‘wings’ is itself puerile and problematic but if we were to start at the ‘far left’ and work our way to the ‘far right’ the route path would look like the following:

Far Left Fascism/Communism > Socialism>Welfare State > Liberalism >Libertarian   >Anarchy (Far Right)

There is very little difference in the programs of Communism and Fascism, a reality understood by Communist supporters such as Orwell or G.B. Shaw.  Both rely on the military, civil violence, control of the courts and media, intimidation and complete control of all aspects of personal, civil, business, corporate, and social life.  Nothing can lie outside the cult of government, as Mussolini expressed and defined Fascism.  Communism is no different.  The only difference is one of emphasis: the objectives (national, transnational), race, which group to demonise, the extent of force to be employed versus the use of psychological terror (including the use of drugs in our own time).  The result of both cults is the same.  Government and the state rule all.  That is their defining feature. 

For both Communism and Fascism, the complete control of life managed by a small, unelected elite, with its endless appendages of governmental coercion is the foundation of power suffused with propaganda which outlines the cult’s ‘mission’, using emotive language around ‘liberty’, ‘equality’, ‘historical dialecticism’, ‘truth’, ‘community’ and ‘duty’.  The enemy without (the Jew, the Christian, the untermensh, the capitalist, the bourgeois, the unvaccinated), must be met, defeated and burnt in sacrificial rights and under the lights of ‘science’ and ‘determinism’. 

 

Within both Communism and Fascism, the objectives of the cult are the determining reasons for existence.  The individual does not exist.  Rights are not ‘natural’, nor ‘God-given’, but are simply the gifts from a ruling, superior elite, to the grateful underclass of unimportant, faceless workers and regime supporters whose lives mean nothing, unless they support the regime and the ethos of the cult.  Hence, thought crimes, and crimes associated with a disobedience reflected in not following social dictums or expectations is pervasive as is the use of mass formation and hypnosis to generate guilt and shame amongst those who may dissent. 

 

These elements of behavioural control are essential tools and features of the Communist and Fascist.  Sargon the Great of 3200 B.C., supposedly the first great conqueror and empire builder, would have no problems in understanding and identifying modern methods of mass control and coercion.  The Nazis simply took age old facets of despotic governance and applied technology.  The same is even more true today with the Corona Fascism.

 

Populations are of course much larger today than in times past with an increase in the human population by a factor of 7 times in the past 100 years.  Ostensibly this could raise problems in enacting a Fascist or Communist state, either nationally or transnationally.  In reality, the size of population in any era, has never posed a threat to unlimited, or unrivalled force and coercion.  The Nazi cult kept its membership to a few million, the Russian Communists to about 10 million.  Both were able to subvert and control the apparatus of governance over populations many times the size of their cults and original followers.  As power accrued, others joined, either to engage in plunder, or simply to survive.  At a certain point, the ‘crusade’ of the Fascist or Communist becomes too alluring to ignore, or too powerful to contradict. 

 

In the ‘West’ thanks to trade, commerce, capital, and institutions which were once transparent and functional, living standards have risen considerably and the average person is much wealthier than in previous eras, if one ignores (rather incredibly) the enormous amounts of debt which overshadow governments, pensions, and individuals.  We are a debt driven and indebted society and these debts will lead to economic and social dislocation at some point.  Financial implosions will be more common leading to calls for ‘government’ to do ‘something’.  Which they will, namely increase their power over the financial system, in which they already are a major stakeholder. 

 

There is an erroneous belief that education is also ‘better’, leading, supposedly to a more ‘informed’ mass of citizens, who would not allow their ‘freedoms’ to be taken.  It is hard to connect this belief with reality.  Much education is ‘philosophy’ and social engineering, or plainly anti-science (evolution, warming), or racist (anti-white ahistorical revisionism), or confused (gender theology).  Real life skills, trades, building, creating or connecting to the world of the 5 senses is simply ignored, or debased, echoing the Roman aristocratic belief that only inferior people build or work.  Governmental education has created a society of social engineers and philosophers.

 

Given the ‘communistic’ ethos of modern education, it is better seen as a pre-requisite to Communist or Fascistic governance, extoling as it does, the benefices and blessings of technocratic-governmental power including the use of ‘science’, an old ploy first developed in the modern era by Fascists. 

 

Racial theology is also used to justify anything, including the demonisation of freedom and past achievements in all spheres.  The dumbing down of education has been a primary topic for decades amongst those who study modern standards versus those of previous eras including the 19th century.  Fascism and Communism through government control of the education system, can quite quickly and easily ‘re-educate’ populations to support their programmes. 

 

The Corona Fascism would be impossible without the unlimited size of Government which has plagued the Western world as a trend since the 1960s.  ‘Government must do something’ is the cry.  Socialised health care is a central feature of the modern medical Nazism now being trialled on unwitting and rather moronic populations.  Without governmental control of health, the Corona fascism is impossible.  With governmental-pharmaceutical control of the means of health care, there can be little dissent by doctors, nurses, or health workers.  You will simply be marginalised, demeaned, calumnied and fired.  Your ‘studies’ will be burnt.  The Corona Fascists have no issue in burning books or the truth, or even, in killing those who are too avid in opposing the Medical Nazism.  Well over 50% of health ‘professionals’ were Nazi supporters in Germany.  Today we can reckon that 80% or more are rabid enforcers of Corona.  Not much has changed with the totalitarian instincts of those who practice health care, who probably view themselves as little Gods.

 

The truth about the Corona Fascism, or Communism if one prefers is simply the following:

·       The coordinated assault across all G20 countries indicates this was planned or at the very least, agreed upon in advance

·       The vaccines kill and injure millions worldwide, yet this verity is now burnt and ignored by governments and their controlled media

·       There is no proof that the vaccines (a collection of poisons and proteins) will protect anyone from a flu or improve one’s health

·       Ignoring truth and injury can only be achieved through massive government control, propaganda and coercion

·       The government including their monopoly on health care, is a prerequisite to enforce a Corona totalitarianism and the distribution of violence through drugs

·       Socialised education has not produced ‘fitter’ or ‘more competitive’ populations but the opposite

·       Criminal Pharmaceutical firms have long bought government, universities, politicians and agencies as proven in various cases of bribery and fraud

 

We are witnessing the creation of a Communist or Fascistic Medical totalitarianism.  Nothing has changed from past eras except the size of Government.  That singular fact makes a transnational form of total-control, imminently possible. 

On Hayek's yellow brick road to state domination.

Covid Dicatorship is built on State ownership of the economy, and your body.

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Two trends in the past 60 years have eradicated much of what made Western Civilisation supreme.  One, is the massive scaling of government at all levels, including the international.  Within the never-ending avalanche of aggregated government power, oversight, ministries, agencies, commissions, international agreements, along with exponential tax, spend and debt accumulation, the creation of a scientocracy, basing all decisions and systems on ‘data’, or ‘the science’ has effectively rendered common sense, self-appraisal and debate redundant and impossible.  The great mass of Covid-jabbed and masked sheep for example, against all real science, evidence, history and common sense, typically invoke the magical demi-gods of ‘science’ or ‘following the experts’ to explain their superstitious irrationality. 

 

The second trend has been the outsourcing of health to socialised health systems, in which the individual’s body now becomes a core concern of the state.  When that happens there is no argument against even the most intrusive statism designed to protect ‘health’, ‘safety’, or the ‘common good’.  In the UK for example the 1998 Human Rights act is basically nullified by the Orwellian Health Act of 1984 (yes that is the year), in which governments per this act, can impose whatever restrictions, laws or coercion is deemed necessary to ‘ensure’ communal health or individual safety.  In this vein, the Covid hysteria, the fascistic lockdowns, demands to ingest experimental drugs, the wrapping of cloth over people’s faces, the distancing, the shuttering of life and society, is an inevitable consequence of vesting the state with your health and outsourcing all responsibility including that of being properly informed about the rudiments of good health, including vitamins, exercise, proper unprocessed food diets, sleep and a balanced existence. 

 

The only outcome of such a mathematical increase in government has always been the establishment of state power to such a degree that people will actually demand and even vote for, a rapid decline in all varieties of freedom. This includes the choice of 'energy' usage, choice of gender, free speech, travel, making a profit, or even what to say and think.  Soon critical thinking will be declared optional. Hayek's road to enslavement, which was already well underway long before the Covid ‘pandemic’ with its death rate (if you believe government numbers of 0.45%), will be paved with yellow bricks of paternalistic rhetoric, and 'compassionate' plans as governments assure that they, and only they can 'save us'. We will retard our political-economic development by 80 years or more, if this process at the aggrandizement of the endless state, is not stopped and rolled back.

 

Government spending, printing and debt accumulation ensures future ‘economic bubbles’.  These ‘bubbles’ greatly affect the ‘average person’.  The wealthy, the plutocrats, the government kleptocracy are always unaffected.  Negative real rates, debased currencies and economic dislocations caused by Corona, will build up unnatural pressures into a bubble economy, including high inflation, with lower real wages and higher prices as result.  Similar processes distorted the English market economy in the early 18th century during its 'South Sea bubble'; that of France at about the same time during the 'Mississippi Land Scam'; and that of Holland in the 17th century during the 'Tulip bubble' in which a tulip bulb would have the same value as a small village.

 

Government's culpability in forcing up land prices through speculation and greed, and unfettered immigration, is something rarely mentioned today. Artificially increasing immigration to grow a state’s tax base, allied with an array of subsidies, programs, and government sponsored lending is the main fact in creating and distorting the basic functioning of a proper land prices, premised on normal supply and demand conditions. Governments have destroyed that normalcy and now land prices are disconnected and unhinged from real wages and salaries, with a 10 to 1 ratio (house price to average single income), normal in most Western countries. 

 

As the Catholic historian Hillaire Belloc stated so accurately: “The control of production of wealth is the control of human life itself.” Indeed, it is. The state owning wealth, capital, banks and the means of production ensures that the individual loses his status of freedom and becomes merely a worker for the state, an individual no longer, but a knave supporting government policy and preferences.

 

Hayek knew that economic motives, whatever they might be, were not in themselves the reasons why people did things. These 'motives' were simply used to achieve something else. A nicer home, some savings, a good education for the children, a trip to somewhere exotic and the specie of money was a liberating factor, not only in consumptive choice, but in supplier innovation and technical advancement.

 

“It would be much truer to say that money is one of the greatest instruments of freedom ever invented by man. It is money which in existing society opens an astounding range of choice to the poor man – a range greater than that which not many generations ago was open to the wealthy.”

 

In the longer-term, nominal and real state control over banks, capital and vast areas of the economy will decrease the economic motive in society, which leads to a reduction in product innovation; supply, consumer choice, wages and ultimately in the ability of society to help the poor raise themselves up to a higher level. Controlling money and capital is one of the essential elements in a plan of communalism embedded in state control and state culture. Once the government gains control over production and money, it does not easily relinquish it.  The same is true of course for health care.  Once the government controls the supply and rationing of health care based on exorbitant and hidden taxation (hence the delusion that socialised health care is free), the individual loses access to productive alternatives, technology and timely supply of services.  There is a very large cost markup, and resulting decline in real service and outcomes, in having the state manage health.

 

Hayek sums up the danger best, “Economic control is not merely the control of a sector of human life which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends.” 

 

This observation is undoubtedly true.  When governments own 50% of the economy, subsidise ‘news’ organisations; have ‘relationships’ with the Pharmaceutical industry and have a monopoly or close thereto over your health, the implementation of a Corona-Medical fascism is rather easy.