You say, quote:”… This has been precisely the problem in Greece: people routinely avoid taxes, because they think that everyone else is doing it, and so the Greek tax system has been undermined, perhaps fatally so.”I disagree entirely. The ‘fatal’ aspect of Greece, and which is bankrupting the West, proper, is the size of the state, and how under mobocracy the state just keeps growing until the current tax take can’t cover it, hence governments need to borrow, so enslaving the next, and the next generation of tax slaves. This was certainly so for Greece: taking even the Greek state rail system, it had more employees than passengers. It would have been cheaper for the Greek taxpayer to simply give all passengers taxi chits. That’s insanity. Even a country can only print their way out of distorting free market forces to that degree for so long.Regarding statism and the inherent advantage it has over freedom, Daniel Horowitz sums that up well:“We must understand that there is an imbalance of power in the political system of any democracy in that the forces of statism have an innate advantage over the defenders of freedom. It takes but one legislative or administrative victory for statism to succeed in guiding society on an indelible path towards dependency. We cannot perpetuate the free-market, but we can perpetuate statism by creating inveterate dependency constituencies. Statism enjoys the inherent advantage of self-perpetuation through its own pernicious activities that engender a continued need for the government programs.”In the West, under your Left ethic, Deborah, unfortunately democracy has finally triumphed over economics, which has been the triumph of insanity over reality.
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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