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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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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The United Welfare States of America.

Another of my themes readers will have noticed is the (huge and increasing) size of the state spend in Western nations, many of which are approaching an irresponsible - because of its economic, philosophic and moral implications - state spend that is half the spend in the entire economy: this theme is logical, given it is because of this we’ve had such complex, draconian semi-police state tax and enforcement legislation stripping our personal freedoms, forced on us. But how does this then explain the United Police States of America sinking under its own hubris of Keynesian debt? There is a mistaken notion, particularly from the Left, America doesn’t have universal health care (despite Medicare being, from memory, their biggest single spend), thus it is falsely perceived they have no welfare state, and so that once great, once free, nation is constantly cited by the Conspiracy of the Caring - because if you ask 'the Left', only the Left care - as the bedrock of cruel capitalism. (The same capitalism, where it has been allowed its state shackles to be loosened, that has given the West, in the context of history, a higher standard of living than any era before us.)

All lies, of course, as childish and stupid as the taunt thrown at me on Twitter this week, and by two grown, middle aged men from the MSM, no less, that ‘Libertarians don’t like people’: apparently, as with caring, only the Left have some type of monopoly on 'liking people' – Rand wept. I shall be dealing with the confounding notions on the caring society soon, but for this post just want to point out America is as much a Gulag of Forced Altruism, with the creeping cruelty that denotes, as the rest of the West. First, the US with its pork barrel politics and lobbying is crony capitalist corporate headquarters of the Western world, and as I’ve written before, crony capitalism is to laissez faire capitalism what sea horses are to horses. But also, even I’d not realised just how big their welfare state actually is: the irresponsibility and immorality of US politicians and voters is every bit as bad as in Europe. Small wonder the IRS is one of the most ruthless IR’s in the world, and the United Police States of America states the case pretty well. From US analyst John Mauldin’s latest e-letter:

Two Workers for Every Social Security Recipient

      As of 2012-06 the civilian labor force was 155,163,000.
      As of 2012-06 there were 111,145,000 in the private workforce.
      As of 2012-06 there were 56,174,538 collecting some form of SS or disability benefit.
      The ratio of SS beneficiaries to private employees has thus passed the 50% mark (50.54%).

Think about that a minute. There are now half as many people getting some kind of Social Security benefit as there are workers in private employment paying into Social Security. And the trend is clearly advancing. This cannot be sustained. And solving the Social Security problem is the “easy” part of the budget debate. Health care is far more difficult.

We read that one in eight families is now getting food stamps and that over 50% of US families get some form of government check each month, while the percentage of workers in the private workforce is shrinking. There is a limit to how much you can take from out of the private sector and still have a growing sector to take something from.

Remember, austerity is not an ‘option’ that politicians can choose, or not, anymore, for more and more western countries as they are culled by the immutable truth of mathematics: ultimately, austerity is not an option at all; austerity is simply a fact of the real world when you are broke.


Blog Posts Coming Soon:

Legislating Orwell’s Slogan of the Police State, 2 + 2 = 5, Into Actual Tax Law. We've Done it.

The Bride of Gramsci – Deborah Russell, Tax Lecturer, Massey University, and the Supposed Caring Society. … Mother-load post.

Rural Sector Warning – The Great Stagnation Thesis.

Stay tuned …


  1. John Mauldin has included the retired. They receive social security.

    NZ 2012

    Labourforce 2,200,000
    Receiving a benefit or Super 800,000

    ratio of dependants to workers (accepting there will be a small overlap - some individuals will appear in both groups) is 36 percent. Exactly the same as the US.

  2. Except Lindsay undercounts NZ's welfare spend by half (according to the Treasury) or by a factor of four (considering all forms of welfare & wealth transfer) in NZ.