“Love your country much better than fine things…”

This post was written by Yon on December 10, 2012
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The country is the land and the people; these are easy to love.
The government is another story.
Good government ensures that all people have rights.
Good government is strong, swift, and fair: aggressively bringing restorative justice to the victims of those have initiated force, fraud, and coercion.
It is right for honest and rational people to have an invincible military, a strong police force, and an efficient and fair justice system. These are the right and proper roles of government, and these are valuable services, and honest and rational people would pay for them voluntarily.
When a government/police force fail to catch the perpetrators… when police are themselves abusive to the victims of crime and treat the victims like criminals… when police take on the color of perpetrators of initiatory force, fraud, and coercion themselves, this is corruption, and this what what causes people to feel heart broken about their country.

Much of what government does today has nothing to do with fulfilling it’s one true and valid purpose of protecting the rights of all people.

Government gains unethical/corrupt/tyrannical power by finding socially acceptable justifications for the use of initiatory force, fraud, and coercion against the innocent. As people accept these justifications, government asserts more power than honest and rational people would grant it. Over time, people become conditioned to believe that some things can only be done one way, “the way we’ve always done it”.

Taxation is a way to compel innocent people to pay for things … backed by a threat of asset seizure and/or imprisonment.

I would never steal someone’s honestly earned assets or put them in jail if they didn’t want to contribute to a community project. When projects are funded voluntarily, not all people contribute equally, and those who do contribute only do so after they have evaluated whether the project is being managed efficiently and if the project will deliver significant value for the resources expended.

Imagine how things would change if people were not compelled/coerced under threat of asset seizure to pay taxes, and instead people could freely choose which projects to support.

Each project would now suddenly begin to prioritize and consider how to deliver more value with less resources. (In contrast, currently government projects are often rewarded with larger allocations if they can demonstrate that the problem they are working on is larger than the current allocation of funds is able to remedy.)

Regulation is a way for large established businesses to influence policy. Large established companies have gone through growing pains and learned things along the way. They have structured their business in ways that they have found to be effective and valuable. These are good lessons. But these large companies have seen through history that there is power and value in regulation: the lobbyists for these companies write legislation and sell politicians on passing it into law. These laws say that any new company in the industry must first put into place the structures called for in the laws… the exact structures that the established companies built up over years of experience. This means that new start up companies have an even harder time getting started… in addition to getting delivery of the product up and running… they must also comply with the additional regulations. These regulations may all be good ideas, but the way these regulations are actually used is more as a kind of weapon: Armed Federal Agents enter into a company and demand to see records, demand to see evidence of compliance, and if violations of the regulations are noted there are fines, warning letters, asset seizures, and new locks put on the doors closing the business down until the non-compliance are remedied. These initiations of force and coercion add considerably greater liability when starting a new venture in a regulated industry.

As a result, innovative individuals are far more likely to come to the conclusion that less regulated industries have greater opportunity; so innovation rarely comes to heavily regulated industries. And it takes much longer for new innovative ideas to penetrate within heavily regulated industries; these factors benefit the established industry leading companies. But they invisibly diminish the values received by all customers to that industry, because there is no way to measure “companies not started” and “inventions not pursued”… or the compounding effects of “technologies not integrated”.

Imagine if the geniuses of our society were focused on fixing the medical industry…(there is no fixing that behemoth without first cutting through the regulation to allow some space for innovation to enter in)… instead… the geniuses of our society are designing the next generation consumer electronic device. Why? Because a genius feeds on accomplishment, and in the largely unregulated consumer electronics industry a genius can take an idea and get it into a product in a few months, and think the next idea… and get it into the next product or software update or app in just a few more months… (In the consumer electronics industry there are no multi-thousand dollar submissions to FDA asking for permission to market a product… and waiting 180 days for a response that sends you back to the drawing board. … NO! ) In consumer electronics, new ideas are tried out, alpha tested, released to the beta test market, worked and reworked, and then released to the market… and then reworked some more… and in 18 months the whole industry has taken a huge leap forward. Currently…In the medical technology industry, in the drug industry, in the world of finance… there are no leaps… no, there is only a slow tectonic crawl…new ideas are thought up… and 10 of years later they enter the market, and 10 years after that they become affordable.

The rapidity of evolutionary growth in any business is based entirely on speed to market. From idea conception to satisfied customer. Cut the regulations that slow it down, and every consumer wins.

All of this can be summarized very simply. It’s called “THE PRIME LAW”


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