Posts Tagged ‘F. A. Hayek’

Tragic Consequences of Socialism

November 21, 2013

Tragic Consequences of Socialism

F. A Hayek has warned the world about the tragic consequences of nations adopting socialistic political/economic cultural designs.

What are the consequences of movement away from America’s traditional Constitutional Republic values to a progressive/socialistic philosophy and political methods and outcomes? The stunning consequences are emerging as I now write (11/11/13). The events and their details that I reference below, have been repeatedly in the current news media. If by chance, you do not recognize them, as well as their important associated details, I advise that you learn them now, before it is too late. A Representative Republic such as ours requires and informed voting citizenry or it will fail.

  • Fast and Furious
  • Benghazi
  • Massive Intelligence Leaks
  • The longest financial recovery in history
  • Expensive and ineffective economic stimulus initiatives
  • A transition from full to part-time employment for millions
  • Over 10 million out of labor force since 2009
  • Record numbers of food stamps
  • Record numbers unemployed
  • Record numbers on disability
  • Household incomes down
  • Unprecedented examples of intimidation and incursions into citizen’s privacy by the IRS
  • NSA’s (National Security Agency) “over-collection” of  domestic communications
  • Hints that the Obama Administration “fudged” employment figures just prior to his second election
  • Clear evidence that President Obama has lied repeatedly to the public about numerous important matters.
  • Clear evidence that President Obama has lied repeatedly to the public about Obamacare (The Affordable Health Care Act)
  • Obamacare with millions of insurance policy cancellations and dramatically increased, unaffordable for many, premiums.
  • Our 17 Billion dollar National Debt\Dramatic growth in the Federal Government
  • A Greatly divisive President
  • A plethora of ongoing scandals about the unscrupulous and/or feckless actions of the Obama Administration

Some might expect that these bad outcomes, predicted by critics of an increasingly socialistic American government might lead to a great political backlash for liberty against an overreaching and repressive government. Examples of such an emerging reactions are Tea Party and Libertarian group initiatives. But there is a danger that these and other political counter-attacks it will not be sufficient to turn the tide. As Hayek has explained, there are many people who will readily trade their liberty for security and if their numbers are great enough, the “consequences laid-bare” may not be enough alter America’s transition to socialism. This would seem even more likely as our current socialist-leaning government has imported and recruited millions of non-citizens and citizens (respectively) into various “entitlement” and welfare programs. As the portion of America’s population suckling at the central governments breast approaches 50%, hope of altering America’s decline through the popular vote must diminish.

Francis Fukuyama, in his 1999 book entitled: The Great Disruption, appears to be in strong agreement with Hayek and he  appears to have anticipated one of the most threatening problems for 21st century America:

While governments re capable of building social capital, they are also adept at destroying it. I noted in earlier chapters how states that fail to provide for public safety or stable property rights tend to breed citizens who distrust not only the government but also each other and find it difficult to associate. The growth of modern welfare states, the centralization of their functions, and their intrusion into virtually all walks of life have tended to undermine spontaneous sociability. In European countries like Sweden and France, there is what passes for a vigorous private associational life, but almost all of it depends in some manner on the government for subsidy or regulation; in the absence of the state, many apparently voluntary organizations would collapse. In the United States, localities and states lost power to the federal government during the period of the Great Disruption, and when the government intervened, it was often hostile to the goal of private association. The decriminalization of social disorder described earlier, carried out by the judicial system, it just one example of how the modern liberal state has been able to rob local communities of their ability to set rules and norms for themselves in the name of individual rights” (pps. 258-259).

Wake-Up America!

Stay tuned for more.

VTM, 11/21/13

The Seeds of America’s Destruction

November 16, 2013

The Seeds of America’s Destruction

As Francis Fukuyama (2006) has reminded us: “let us accept the Hegelian-Marxist thesis that past history has proceeded dialectically, or through a process of contradiction, leaving aside for the time being the question of whether the dialect has an ideal or material basis. That is, a certain form of socio-political organization arises in some part of the world, but contains its own internal contradiction which over time leads to its own undermining and replacement by a different and more successful one.

It appears to be true that each socio-political form of government including our own Constitutional Republic, carries with it its own unique seeds of destruction. From a broad historical perspective, these inherent weaknesses often combine with outside forces of attack or natural disasters to bring them down. Such “undermining and replacement” does not always directly lead to a more successful socio-political entity, however.

F. A Hayek (1944), attempted to warn the world about one kind of transformational force in socio-cultural evolution and revolution. Hayek after experiencing the effects of so-called “social democracy”, Totalitarianism and Fascism in Europe, wrote a definitive book on these matters and on free society. The title of the book was The Road To Serfdom. In his introduction to this book, Republished in 2007, Bruce Caldwell summarized its essence most succinctly: “the actual implementation of a centrally planned society would be inimical to liberty” (p.33).

 Hayek observed that socialism inevitably led to the loss of liberty for the citizens so governed. He asserted that they were seduced by their fervent desires for security to give up their individual freedoms, in various gradations, only to find to their horror that they had come close control of their inept, inefficient, and dictatorial State cultural planners.

 “That democratic socialism, the great utopia of the last few generations, is not only unachievable, but that to strive for it produces something so utterly different that few of those who now wish it would be prepared to accept the consequences, many will not believe until the connection has been laid bare in all its aspects” (p. 82).

 Some may wonder what Hayek meant when he talked about the “consequences” that must be “laid bare” before well-intentioned socialists will believe it. A stunning contemporary example is emerging in America’s current President Obama who promised his followers that he would “Transform America!”. An analysis of his personal history strongly suggests that this transformation is a perfect example of what Hayek was trying to warn everyone about.

 Indeed, President Obama’s most intimate associations, from childhood till now have been socialists, communists and revolutionaries. Frank Marshal Davis, his own Father, William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and Alice Palmer are only several of the many documented. Also documented is his discipleship with Saul Alinsky methods (author of Rules for Radicals) and radical preacher Jeremiah (“God Damn America”) Wright. Do not forget his intimate association with ACORN, a socialist political action front group.

There is much more evidence that could be marshaled to document President Obama’s Marxist, Communist, Socialist, Islamic associations and influences, but what I have provided are sufficient examples for now.

 Though I must call for his impeachment, my attack is not against President Obama, the person, and it is certainly not against his ethnicity. The impeachable offence is his political occult philosophy and his predictably dishonest actions furthering the rise of a Marxist-based socialism in America against the will of the majority of citizens.

What is of the greatest immediate importance to recognize are the predictable “consequences”, “laid bare”. To fail in this is will be to fail to heed F. A. Hayek’s warnings about socialism with great and tragic consequences for all citizens of America.

Stay tuned for more of this….

VTM, 11/16/13

I Wonder If I Am A Libertarian # 7

June 27, 2013

Key Concepts of Libertarianism

By

David Boaz

January 1, 1999

I quote:

The key concepts of libertarianism have developed over many centuries. The first inklings of them can be found in ancient China, Greece, and Israel; they began to be developed into something resembling modern libertarian philosophy in the work of such seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers as John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine.

Free Markets. To survive and to flourish, individuals need to engage in economic activity. The right to property entails the right to exchange property by mutual agreement. Free markets are the economic system of free individuals, and they are necessary to create wealth. Libertarians believe that people will be both freer and more prosperous if government intervention in people’s economic choices is minimized.

End of quote.

These assertions about a free markets, private ownership of property, the stultifying effects of governmental over-regulation, governmental ownership of businesses, and high tax rates to sustain an increasingly bloated, voracious and predatory governments are factual and beyond dispute.

However, one assertion needs special clarification because it is so universally mispercieved. Human’s can be largely free from governmental coercion, or the coercion of other people, and this is a main goal of a Libertarian cultural design. However, we are never free from the effects of our genetics, our learning histories, our current state of  health, or our immediate sociaocultural, economic, political and physical environments. The psychological laws and principles of conditioning and learning always affect us in major ways, without fail. And when we fail, we are failing to let them guide us.

The psychosocial casualties to which I refer are complex, layered and circular in nature; but our human behaviors remain a major part of this causal chain.

I will take, on faith and because we already did it one time, that humans can learn to design better sociocultures and that such improvements will in-turn shape more adaptive and generally beneficial forms of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

For an intellectually stunning and revealing book about human nature, the causes of our good and bad behaviors, and  important principles of cultural change, you must read Beyond Freedom and Dignity, by B. F. Skinner.

The assertions above are, or should be, beyond dispute. If someone wishes to argue against these bed-rock main features of human psychology or Libertarian cultural designs…the very principles that made America the greatest Nation on earth…I will ask that they do some reading to educate themselves.

A good start would be the following:

The Road To Serfdom, by F.A Hayek

The Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society’s Descent into Tyranny, by Michael E. Newton

Libertarianism, by David Boaz

What It Means To Be A Libertarian, by Charles Murray

The Secret Knowledge: On The Dismantling of American Culture, by David Mamet

Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity, by Francis Fukuyama

The End of History and the Last Man, by Francis Fukuyama

Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, By Thomas Sowell

There are many more sources of historically factual and well-documented  information that powerfully support the basic tenants of psychology and Libertarianism. Some of these principles are counter-intuitive to ways of popular thinking, and that is the greatest of all problems now driving America’s decline.

In a word, what drives America’s decline is ignorance.

It is ignorance about the causes of the quality of our own behaviors, within an electorate that votes to design and redesign America’s political and social cultures so that its population may live long and well…or fail and fade into history.

To live long and well requires that our electorate understand the determinants of their own behavior and how various human behavior patterns will survive (or fail to survive) the many inter and intra-cultural stresses of the future, most of which are now known and often predictable.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.,  6/27/13

“The Road To Serfdom”

February 28, 2011

“The Road To Serfdom”

The Road to Serfdom is a great book written by F. A. Hayek in 1944. In it, he exposed the grand and abiding folly of Socialism.

In Chapter 2 he quotes Friedrich Holderin:

” What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven.”

He also quotes Tocqueville on Page 77:

“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom”, ‘he said in 1848’; “socialism restricts it.  Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference; While democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism sees equality in restraint and servitude.”

I believe that Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville  would be mortified  to see the increasing socialistic moras that America has become in our day.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   2/28/11


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