Friday, August 13, 2010

The End of Truth in Politics; The Road to Serfdom

This article uses excerpts from FA Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom". The book is the definitive work on the human effect on economic theory by demonstrating time and time again there can be no freedom without economic freedom and vice versa. Further, he explains the causal failure of all collective or planned economies, which is the human condition; that freedom and free market capitalism is the only economic theory that recognizes and rewards truth, hard work and the dignity of man.

The White House and the powers that be seem to have the belief they can sell the American people state guaranteed economic security (the new freedom) and without loosing political freedom, even though historically the two have always been mutually exclusive. In order to do so they must refine "truth" as expediency. The word “truth” itself ceases to have its old meaning. It describes no longer something to be found, with the individual conscience as the sole arbiter of whether in particular instance the evidence (or standing of those proclaiming it) warrants a belief; it becomes something to be laid down by authority, something which has to be believed in the interest of unity of the organized effort and which may have to be altered as the exigencies of this organized effort require it. (The Road to Serfdom)

Since the first victim of this new freedom is the truth, it is important to remember that a tenet of this form of economic freedom is to promise more than can ever be delivered. Since they know the American people are politically astute, and that they will eventually be legislating against the will of the people, they will therefore create a state of exigency, touting every new governmental program or authority being necessary for the very existence of the state. Since the American people are also wisely suspicious of "socialism," euphemisms will be crafted for what they know would be unpopular policy; socialized medicine becomes “Affordable and Quality Healthcare” or "The Public Option"", Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants becomes "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" and The Cap and Trade or redistribution of energy tax, becomes "Jobs! Jobs! Jobs" or the “Green Jobs Bill”. In a society used to freedom it is unlikely that many people would be ready deliberately to purchase security at this price (socialism). But the policies which are now followed everywhere, which hand out the privilege of security, now to this group and now to that, are nonetheless rapidly creating conditions in which striving for security tends to be stronger than the love of freedom. The reason for this is that with every grant of complete security to one group the insecurity of the rests necessarily increases… the essential element of security which the competitive systems offers, the great variety of opportunities, is more and more reduced. (The Road to Serfdom)

The only tool that the Obama Administration and Democratic Congress has to create the illusion economic security is the re-distribution of wealth, i.e. social justice. In order to make this work, much has been said if the community organizer tactic from Saul Alinksy’s "Rules for Radicals". "Whenever we think of social change; the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issues of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms." However, when means and ends are viewed from a collectivist government, they take on an even greater importance. “The principle that the ends justify the means, is in individualist regarded as the denial of all morals. In the collectivist ethics, it becomes necessarily the supreme rule; there is literally nothing which the collectivist must not be prepared to do if it serves “the good of the whole,” because the “good of the whole” is to him the only criterion of what ought to be done. The "raison d’etat*", in which collectivist ethics has found its most explicit formulation, knows no other limit than that set by expediency.” (The Road to Serfdom)
*raison d’etat- the justification of overriding state power for nation interests or security.

When the Healthcare Bill was being presented, President Obama was indignant that it was being called a tax.

However Rep Debbie Wassermann Schultz, trying to circumvent the Obamacare's mandatory purchasing of private health insurance, tells the patronizing lie (as if she is so much smarter the American Citizen) that it is nothing more than a Federal Income tax status, like Married or Single;

When this finally ended up in a State court challenge, Obamacare was defined as a tax.

President Obama and Rep Debbie Wassermann Schultz also colluded in the big lie that Obamacare would not add to the deficit by "one dime". This video contains information that will be corroborated in the next video by Rep Paul Ryan.

Again you have Rep Debbie Wassermann Schultz parroting the CBO numbers promising ObamaCare will reduce the deficit. But the congressional leaders, Schultz, Reid and Pelosi purposely left out federal obligations, the CBO's cost analysis was purposely was manipulated to lie to the American people.

When Obama was a candidate for President he ran on hope and change. After President Bush, the American people wanted two things, transparency and honesty.

Almost from the beginning the pundits have commented on the "disconnect" that exsists between the President Obama and the American people. It's as if the White House and Democrat leaders have taken on the behavior of sociopaths.This has been explained as Obama's unemotional nature. The real disconnect however is between what the President says and what he does. While the President has said he was going to concentrate (like a laser beam) on American joblessness, he has practically ignored unemployment for an entire year to pass his terribly flawed and unpopular heathcare reform bill. His response? "I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are" America Knows It's Core Values, as if values are to be directed by the state.

When confronted with this obvious lack of transparency, the President expects the American people to respect the "new truth", previously explained in "The Road to Serfdom", it becomes something to be laid down by authority, something which has to be believed in the interest of unity of the organized effort and which may have to be altered as the exigencies of this organized effort require it.

The "new truth" is the end of truth.

All I have discussed in this article is known to the President. He has studied Marxism, Socialism and Saul Alinsky, but somehow missed the individual liberty that is the life blood of every American; something he really doesn't seem to understand. These lies have purpose; they are designed to make us feel powerless and lead us the collective nightmare in which "no avenue to wealth or honor would subsist save through government*." But Americans are not yet ready to turn away from truth. Not yet..

*Benjamin Disraeli

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