Choose the Form of the Destructor
If given only the following two choices, would you rather the most powerful people be those who want to control your beliefs and lifestyle, and your access to guns, information, and voting; or would you rather the most power people be those who want to get rich by beating their competitors and who don’t care at all about your beliefs and lifestyle, or your access to guns, information, and voting?
The current reality is your other choice. It is where government has given advantages to those businessmen who are willing to support the government’s goals of controlling your beliefs and lifestyle, and your access to guns, information, and voting.
In a free market, the extent to which a business tried to control your beliefs and lifestyle, and your access to guns, information, and voting is the extent to which that business would lose to its more focused competitors, but government has thoroughly corrupted our free market. Now, those businesses willing to support the government’s goals of controlling your beliefs and lifestyle, and your access to guns, information, and voting are able to outcompete any business that tries to compete without government support – any business that has not been corrupted by government.
Government makes GE, British Petroleum, and Goldman Sachs bigger than their competitors through regulations that help them but hurt their competitors, and then government bails them out because they are too big to fail! The most recent example is the bullying of Forest Labs.
But isn’t government interference a necessary evil to control the profit motive? Doesn’t the fee market allow an unfettered profit motive as well as theoretically unlimited profit to those who earn it?
It is true that profit is the only motive of a business decision, and the extent to which business decisions are not intended to directly or indirectly maximize profit is the extent to which the business is not a pure business. However, the profit earned by others is none of our business, and the profit earned by others does not hurt us; whereas, government’s attempts to control the profit motive hurts us a lot – and not just by government corrupting individual companies.
The profit motive makes countries great, and removing it destroys them.
America became great with a relatively unfettered profit motive, and so the whole world is moving towards the profit motive while America inexplicably moves away from it. The extent to which China has allowed the profit motive, is the extent to which China has excelled. In some ways, China allows the profit motive even more than the US.
Removing the profit motive destroys society. Everyone knows about the USSR, the Warsaw Pact, Maoist China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela, but did you know the Axis leaders of WWII also disliked capitalism?
Do we really need a strong government like these to protect us from the profit motive? Would you be willing to live in any of those places?
These strong governments that protected a billion people from the profit motive, did so through purges, reprogramming, expansionism, militarism, conformism, genocide, etc. So, who would protect us from these powerful people who claim to protect us from other powerful people? Who would protect us from the protectors?
I would prefer the most power people be those who want to get rich by beating their competitors and who don’t care at all about our beliefs and lifestyle, or our access to guns, information, and voting.