Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty


A Question for Each of Us; Do You Produce or Reduce? by grassroothawaii
August 2, 2010, 8:54 am
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By Dick Rowland

In his 1994 book, “Government’s End”, Jonathan Rauch said “Economic thinkers have recognized for generations that every person has two ways to become wealthier. One is to produce more, the other is to capture more of what others produce….”   “Washington looks increasingly like a public works jobs program for lawyers and lobbyists, a profit center for professionals who are in business for themselves”

Much earlier—1850 or so—Frederic Bastiat observed in “The Law”: “See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime”. He later observes that there are only three ways to settle the question of law and drive to plunder:

1.       The few plunder the many.

2.       Everybody plunders everybody.

3.       Nobody plunders anybody.

Just think how that truth is obfuscated. For example here is Henry Hazlett in the 1940’s: “ What is called the ‘private sector’ of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary sector; and what is called the ‘public’ sector is, in fact, the coercive sector”

The person or persons who could invent an effective means to force the makers and enforcers of law to increase the “nobody plunders anybody” result would be among the top producers of all time.

Do you produce or do you reduce? Do you create or do you plunder? Do you make or do you take?  A failing economy has a preponderance of takers, a robust one has mostly makers, the best of which are small businesses..

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