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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

More conversation With A Liberal- Free Market

Liberal:

Agreed markets are amoral but society and governments are not, hopefully.

My response:

That is far from my point. Actually, what you say is more true in reverse. The free market is moral and society and government is largely amoral.

The free market allows individuals the right over their own person, bodies and lives. Every decision the individual makes in a free market is voluntary. There are no strictures upon ones labor, property and personal decisions by this all-knowing society or government that tries to remove these issues from our choice.

Yet you, in the face of history, keep seeking the holy grail of institutional morality. Governments possess massive power and decide issues on the special interests of dictators, parties, contributors, patrons or voters. They cannot decide what is best for the individual because they cannot know that individual better than the person himself. The big government types look down their noses at individuals. They say the individual is not intelligent enough, not aware of the nuances, not educated enough to decide for himself what is best.

Government controlled the South during the slavery period in America. It was only through individuals like the Beechers that created the groundswell that forced the Union government to fight to eradicate the institution. And who did they fight? Another government and society.

Big governments tell the individual what to study, what job to take, how much to pay for workers and products and on and on. Yet, the history of mankind shows that those societies where its citizens make more of the choices on their own develop the skills and technology to efficiently provide for the whole by allowing Adam Smith's "invisible hand" to provide for society's needs.

Government types give great speeches about freedom and their care for the needy. FDR has provided thousands of pages of speeches on that theme. Yet, his government developed laws that benefited big interests like large farmers, unions and businesses over the rights of small farmers, minority workers and competitors. Yes, he redistributed some of the wealth. And in so doing, extended and deepened a horrific Depression in the process.

Meanwhile, by allowing the free market to work, allowing people to handle all matters voluntarily, is the true moral way. Society is just a group of individuals. It may issue its judgment on one's actions but it is not a coercive method that comes close to that used by government. This is the essence of Judaism. The individual is judged by his acts (of course there it is a sin to gossip or do other pernicious things that corrode a society). Under this free will framework, you are judged to do good deeds. However, that is a religious goal not a governmental edict. Edict supported by guns and servitudes.

If you seek a moral government you are not only wasting your time, you are harming your fellow man. Pursue morality in your example. Do not force them on me through your vote. And let your fellow man decide what they wish without outlawing it through government.

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