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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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Monday, February 18, 2013

A Question for Russel Norman – NZ Greens & Living Wage

Russel has just tweeted:

Presumably the Greens are therefore supportive of a tariff on steel imports. This is confusing, because as this link shows, the Greens are also one of New Zealand’s major proponents of the living wage, via a minimum wage rate.

Thus, as US economics professor Donald Boudreaux has asked of his leader this morning, a question that perhaps Russel might care to answer for me:

If a government policy that artificially raises the price of Chinese-made steel reduces the quantities of such steel that is bought, why does a government policy that artificially raises the price of low-skilled labour not reduce the quantities of such labour that are hired?

If Green policy has any sense to it, tell me the sense that solves this contradiction please. Or are you happy with, as economist Matt Nolan makes clear regarding an enforced living wage, a permanent underclass that can never be employed?

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