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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State. 'Illigitum non carborundum'.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Danish Abolish Fat Tax – Mayor Bloomberg Takes Food from the Homeless.

Every single classical liberal / libertarian and Austrian school economist could have told the Danish government this would have been exactly the result from a fat tax:

The Danish government has said it intends to abolish a tax on foods which are high in saturated fats. … authorities said the tax had inflated food prices and put Danish jobs at risk. … The ministry said one of the effects of the fat tax was that some Danes had begun crossing the border into Germany to stock up on food there.

What does it say about politicians who think they are somehow qualified to run our lives for us that they still can’t figure this basic stuff out. Quite apart from the philosophical fascism it connotes, anathema to Western classical liberalism.

Every politician please take note: you have no right to interfere in the lifestyle choices of individuals. You have no right to put the iron fist of state into the voluntary market transactions of consenting adults. None. We make our own choices far better than you can. And if you are justifying a fat tax like this to save taxpayer money in the public health system, then that is actually the justification of a private health system where we take the responsibility of our own lives. The moment you turned your attention from the only rightful role of state, protecting individuals from each other, to protecting individuals from themselves, you turned our social democracies into social(alist) democracies, that now careen us down the road to our serfdom.

We are not children.

Please.  Please. Just. Go. Away.

… And in other hilarious news, as economist Don Boudreaux points out, in a measure impossible to spoof, Czar Bloomberg of New York has banned food donations to the homeless, because the City officials haven’t the resources ‘to inspect donated foods to ensure that the fat, salt, and fiber contents of these foods meet the Mayor’s exacting standards.  So no donating food to hungry New Yorkers!’

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Right, thank God it’s Sunday, where’s that bottle, before the excise tax puts vineyards out as well …

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