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Frederic Bastiat: "The Law"


To this day we argue the points he covered.

For economic systems that ===are capable of=== providing the most wealth to the most people, nothing come close to actual capitalism. Nothing else is even in the same league, and that's an understatement.

But like ==all== economic systems, it does not operate in a vacuum. It might be more resistant to corruption than systems like communism and hard socialism, but it sure as hell is not immune.

In fact, it has a real tendency to drift towards socialism, with government and ==big== business getting cozy. These days we call this "Crony Capitalism". Crony Capitalism is economically IDENTICAL to fascism (Shawn Alert), although 'traditional fascism' is also 'totalitarian' to one extent or another.

The separation of power of power in the U.S. Constitution does a fairly decent, although not perfect, job of breaking up government power.

Historically there have also been efforts to limit the overwhelming power of big capitalism, with mixed success at best.

Anyone who says that big capitalism is not a player in its own right in political power games is a fool.

Anyone that says pure capitalism with any tempering influence cannot result in very bad things, is also a fool.

But the alternatives have bigger flaws. ESPECIALLY the ones that want to control the population 'for their own good'.

The population needs to control itself. Any other option WILL lead to some flavor of government running your life. Totalitarianism. Perhaps a soft totalitarianism, but still totalitarianism.
Fortunately for capitalism, it is by its nature completely compatible with the members of a population running their own lives. But it can easily drift from there as individuals and businesses seek self benefit.

The ==valid== reason for removing Assad is the EXACT same reason I was happy to personally involved in the Persian Gulf about a dozen years ago. In a volunteer military and volunteered on top of that, because I wanted to be involved.

Removing Saddam was, in and of itself, a good deed, because he was that bad.

Same for Assad.


Such a thing does not happen 'in and of itself'. It will part of larger events. Ok, so we stick around to give the 'good guys' a solid footing to build on......
.....and ten years of experience later, it has become clear that a 'strong man', even as nasty as Saddam, Assad, Khadafy, etc, is the best that can be hoped for (at least in the Muslim world. Germans, Japanese, etc, are different).

The best (SLIM) possibility that has any chance of happening after Assad, is an Assad 'clone' who is just as brutal, but whom we can say 'is not Assad'. Far more likely is ISIS or something like ISIS, that is far far far worse. We can hold that off by putting boots on the ground and spending blood and treasure, and then as soon as we leave, the horror story will continue as if we had never been there (heck the horror story won't even stop while we are there....).

The moral of the story:
When you have a Saddam, or Khadafy, or Assad, etc... smack em if they export ugliness, but otherwise leave them alone. In some cases you can even get them to rein in some small percentage of their evil, but if you think you can make everything better by taking them out, think again.

If your kids ever ask what the 80s were like, just tell em to watch this movie:


Admittedly low budget (they could only afford one cop uniform), it was well received by the target audience at Cannes (May 2015). describing the movie:
"........knows its audience, knows it damn well, and while it has little to offer to anyone outside of its particular niche, for people within that niche this is absolute gold".

So when you get question: "Daddy, what were the 80s like?", just tell them to see it on Youtube.

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