Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Government should leave me alone! (Beware sarcasm)

I have heard so much of this anarchist stuff recently. They will say “I’m doing my job like a good American, I don’t ask the government for anything other than to leave me alone”. Many of these individuals will report that the founding fathers created the United States as a nation of combined private industries that has its citizens chip in for a common military. 

I will admit if you look at things in a simple view the equation Less Government = More Freedom works quite nicely but lets examine things in the perfect world of my libertarian friends. 

Security: If you can afford a weapon in a fully free united states you can have one. This is of course encouraged in a world without police. In the perfect libertarian world there are no police as there are no laws to enforce. If I wanted to I could come over to your house shoot your family and take your stuff. The blame would of course fall on the family as they were not properly trained or armed, therefore deserving of being robbed. Private security firms would be very big in this area as the wealthy and big business owners could easily afford their own private armies allowing them to do what they please. If a millionaire wished to use his private force to capture a few people to shoot and kill for fun it would be his right to do so as a free man and the family’s fault for not being successful enough to support their own private army. Gunfights in bars would be commonplace as the easiest way to solve an augment is simply to kill the guy that disagrees with you (this aspect is much more viable in the mind of an intoxicated person). If you plan on going out in the perfect libertarian world you need to make sure your are armed to the teeth and don’t show any visible weakness or the next victim could be you.

Employment: The unemployment rate in the United States would fall dramatically in the perfect libertarian world. Most of the world’s manufacturing jobs would be here as we could offer them the best tax rate and the least amount of restrictions. Many people now would scoff at working jobs for well below minimum wage with possible risk of lost limbs and life but you don’t have to go that far back in history to show that we will do so when our backs are against the wall. Many businesses can cut even more costs by taking people off the streets and making them work for free (provided the product isn’t hard to assemble). Slave labor is very viable in the perfect libertarian world. The slave has the freedom to run away or try and fight back giving them freedom to act though many at the threat of a gun will likely remain slaves. As jobs require higher skilled workers the pay rate will go up and employment will go to those with education (not necessarily citizens) though many jobs that were previously used for government work such as teachers, social workers, etc. will be in hot competition for the few jobs remaining in their fields.

The Economy: The united states will be a primary exporter in the perfect libertarian world as our middle class will shrink and our buying power diminishes. This is ok by many who believe in the perfect libertarian world as buying power means nothing in a supply side economy “Produce it and they will buy it”. We will be similar to china and may even outpace them as they actually are starting to have more regulations on manufacturing. Without regulations “buyer beware” will definitely be a useful term as we would no longer have to produce safe items food or supplies. Internally money can be used to cover up any isolated incidents and if a problem does become widespread the company will either fail or correct the issue utilizing paid off media to try and spin it in a better light. American make quality will go down but our GDP will surge quite well. Corporate wars will be a very nasty thing as there will be no such things as Copyright or patents. If a small business has a new idea, big business will simply take it for themselves and either offer meager compensation or just enjoy the fact that they didn’t have to pay anyone but their spies and soldiers to obtain it. Any new item released will be more cheaply copied and put out short after by rival companies. If you are a small business owner trying to get off the ground with a new idea in the perfect libertarian world I’d suggest you move to Canada. Big corporations will have a harder time taking on each other economically and may even result in small wars using their private armies to decimate the other one.  The military will likely be one of the best jobs for any with education that are edged out as they will be able to gain a rank as officer as those without will likely be stuck as grunts for the rest of their usefulness. Keep in mind that any soldier that gets too badly injured to be of use will most likely be left for dead so be careful when you go into the military.

Basic Public Services: Well your house catching on fire is an issue for both you and your neighbors. It is a good thing that this is an easy fix in the perfect libertarian world as you can purchase fire insurance where a fire company will collect a standard monthly payment so you can put out a fire. This may also hold an advantage if you are really close to your neighbor as they will likely put out a fire on your house to protect your insured neighbor from your fire. You had better have protection though as I’m sure the firemen will be packing arms and will take their pay out of your hide for entertaining such thoughts. People will build roads and bridges but will enforce tolls for people who use them. Many parks will be shut down with the exception of the few that are owned by wealthy individuals or those that have converted them into high profit vacation spots. Water and sewer will still incur charges much like in the past but expect lower quality service as this is a basic need and those that already hold onto the water equipment will quickly form monopolies. Trash collecting will of course also be paid for and if your neighbor isn’t paying it off they can dump the trash anywhere they please if they can get away unharmed. If your neighbor is a hoarder and the roaches are coming in from his place make sure you have enough money to take him our of the picture.

Education: Education is how many republicans have wanted it for a while with those that don’t want an education or cannot afford an education remaining ignorant and those who can afford one being the elite. We will likely have a shortage of skilled workers in the economy needing to import a few from overseas but those who can afford an education in the private schools can become more viable. I do believe that those schools that require a large check to attend will be some of the best in the world but only a handful of the population will get to see them with many children being unable to even have time for an education having to start work in the factories early in order to help feed themselves. Military jobs will be popular as they will likely provide a basic education.

Immigration: This will be a different issue. There will not be a boarder patrol and there will be no need for one as the jobs in many of the immigrant’s own countries will be better paid with more benefits. At first the current illegal’s will have a strong purpose allowing for wages to be driven down publically holding the carrot out for the unemployed American citizen. Immigration will likely happen more from the top tiers coming from countries that have more ready access to education for their people. We will still have a problem it will just be coming from a different part of the world and a different class.

Health Care: If a worker is worth it an employer may pay for the health care of the individual or pay the individual enough so that they can buy health insurance. Healthcare costs will drop yet not far enough for most Americans to access it in the perfect libertarian world. Many laborers (which will make up most of the American populous) will barely be able to afford food and shoddy housing much less healthcare. Many will be disposable to manufacturers and therefore you will have a lot of deaths. I do see this issue improving as the number of workers in the pool shrinks and most corporations will likely hire a doctor to treat minor illness to keep from incurring retraining fees for skilled laborers. Health care may even be offered to those that work the hardest giving an incentive to work well and become more valuable to the owner. Again “buyer beware” comes into play as anyone can fake an education being as there are no laws saying that any guy off the street can’t call themselves “doctor”. There will be many quacks and if the quacks are wealthy enough they can create a fake reputation for themselves and protect themselves from “botched jobs” looking for vengeance.

The Environment: Dirty water, Dirty Air, deforestation, trash everywhere. This is how most of the perfect libertarian world will look in the United states. Special gated communities will be formed for the wealthy that will be skillfully maintained. Most endangered species in the United States will become extinct species but may have a few of their numbers kept by private collectors. Cheaper coal, nuclear and oil energy will be utilized producing increased acid rain and increased diseases. Don’t worry though as most people that believe in the perfect libertarian world don’t believe in acid rain or air pollution in the first place.

In the end if the perfect libertarian world comes to pass my suggestion to you if you are not wealthy or highly skilled is to use your remaining funds to buy a bunker in the middle of the woods get lots of guns and ammo as well as survival books so you can live off the land, you will have your freedom and will never have to worry about the government “bothering” you again except when they ask you to give the minor amount used to maintain the military. Whenever you wish to lash out at your government give these things a thought first and think to yourself that you may well have more freedom to do thing you like such as owning a house, gun or being able to eat and access healthcare under government than if you had none. 

1 comment:

  1. A lot of thought here.....looks a lot like the new tv show "Revolution"....