Friday, February 21, 2014

The TEA Party Goes Global?!

Kiev, Ukraine - February 2014

One of the more amusing, albeit pathetic observations of a lot of left-wingers is the inane idea that the call for smaller, less intrusive government (“anti-government”) is uniquely American.

Never was and never will be.

People the world over revile tyranny...especially that of “do-gooder” politicians and government workers looking to restrict their liberties “for their own good.”

The ONLY difference between the U.S. and the rest of the world is that the people of the USA are LESS capable of the kind of rigid conformity and allegiance to a central authority than those in places like Russia, Germany, Japan. It is impossible, for instance, to “copy the conformity and centralized authority that works well in such places,” here. Although there is no evidence that the conformity and allegiance to a central authority ever worked better in ANY of those places than even outright anarchy would have.

I once lauded the former USSR’s auto industry as an example of a “Command economy that works,” that is UNTIL I found that the entire Soviet auto industry was pretty much built by Ford Motor Company and that Western industrialists like Armand Hammer and others set up a Corporatist economy with veritable government sanctioned monopolies within that state.

In other words, Adolph Hitler, once regaled as “the greatest true socialist that ever lived” (probably thanks to ideals like, We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions." - Adolf Hitler...Speech of May 1, 1927. 

Of course, Hitler too abandoned the Command economy (because it COULD NOT work) and opted for the SAME sort of mercantile Corporatism that Stalin and the USSR did, along with the liberal use of slave labor...SAME as Stalin and Mao both did.

However, Hitler DID, however, gain the gratitude of the working classes in German by reducing the work week to 40 hours (the first 40-hour work week anywhere) and the work day itself to a tolerable norm of eight hours. The forty-hour week in Europe, was first initiated by Hitler and beyond that legal limit, each additional hour had to be paid at a considerably increased rate. As another innovation, work breaks were made longer - two hours every day in order to let the worker relax and to make use of the playing fields that the large industries were required to provide.

Prior to Hitler’s socialist government, workers' rights to job security were virtually non-existent. Hitler saw to it that those rights were strictly spelled out. The employer had to announce any dismissal four weeks in advance. The employee then had a period of up to two months in which to lodge a protest. The dismissal could also be annulled by the Honor of Work Tribunal.

What was the Honor of Work Tribunal? It was a council with one of the seats occupied by management, another by labor and the final seat by an appointed government official, it was also known as “the Tribunal of Social Honor,” and it was the third of the three great layers of protection that were to the benefit of every German worker. The first was the Council of Trust. The second was the Labor Commission and the third was the Honor of Work Tribunal.

Few today would argue that Hitler’s socialism was “to the good.”

People the world over deeply distrust the political class and for good reason. EVERY single large scale mass murder was conducted by governments and the political classes, every war was arranged and conducted by the SAME political classes.

Today we see large scale violent protests in both Kiev in the Ukraine and in Venezuela AGAINST government tyranny and abuse.

Slave owners once argued that “freedom didn't fit the nature of the slaves,” and that “freedom would mean literally throwing them to the wolves into a market they didn't have the skills to compete in.” The political class makes the very same arguments today, that “freedom pits the poorly educated and unskilled against those with far greater abilities and advantages, so freedom is just NOT in the best interests of most regular people.”

I did the math on the Russian auto industry in 1974 and it shook me to the core. I've done the math on the claims of the political class today and can find absolutely NO EVIDENCE that abject economic freedom that would toss both the highly skilled and the unskilled into the SAME marketplace would place any significant disadvantage upon the less educated and unskilled. It’s been proven time and time again that literally ANYONE can learn to speculate very successfully on commodities and currencies.

Victor Niederhoffer (the man who ran George Soros’ Quantum Fund) was self-taught, as are many of the most successful commodities and currency speculators. In fact George Soros himself, who initially made his own fortune speculating on various European currencies after the Second World War, was entirely self-taught.

The idea that economic freedom (the free market) puts the poor and less well educated at any distinct disadvantage is NOT borne out by the facts.

Moreover, people the world over yearn for MORE freedom, NOT more protections and security.

America must tread carefully in dealing with this global upheaval, for our own record is not at all stellar, of late, in this regard.

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