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Saturday, November 14, 2009

"The Legislation Is Very Fair In This Respect..."

From Ace of Spades:


Seen on Hot Air, Infidels are Cool has this exchange:

Stone: Do you think it’s fair to send people to jail who don’t buy health insurance?

Pelosi: … The legislation is very fair in this respect.

The left continues pounding the table, insisting that right-wingers are "paranoid" and "extremist" to call Obama a socialist, or to use totalitarian imagery in posters to protest his agenda. Why, it's just so not true! they bleat. You'd have to be a maniac like Sarah Palin to make these delusional claims! Why, it's like bad science-fiction!


Socialism never attends a party without an escort of coercive state behavior. It is a historic fact -- indeed, an economic fact -- that as the state seeks to regulate and control more and more economic activity, they must, of course, control more and more human activity.

Economic activity is human activity, after all. Economics is not somehow divorced from humanity. Economic choices are not made of their own volition, passive-voice, without an actor. People make economic choices -- and socialism demands an ever-increasing control over those choices, and therefore the people who make those choices. (Or, more accurately: formerly made those choices.)

Furthermore, apart from the basic definitional aspect of socialism that requires a loss of freedom in exchange, supposedly, for economic security: Socialism has almost never worked as intended, but rather creates new problems and new poverties and new ways to exploit the system (black markets, for one); socialism therefore always requires even additional laws against once-unobjectionable and perfectly-legal behavior. In other words, not only does socialism require a small buy-in, in the form of loss of freedom, but it is always accompanied by unplanned-for (?) additional losses of freedom to "correct" for all the systematic irrationalities and distortions it creates.

And then it gets even worse after that, because it always fails, whenever it's been attempted, and the newly-empowered state will fight to survive, as any organism does, and any organism is willing to do an awful lot of violence when its very existence is threatened.

Note that the third part of that is the scariest step in the socialist takeover of the human condition, but even if that is avoided, the first and second stages are plenty objectionable in their own right. Although socialism has had a pronounced tendency to lead to full fascism and totalitarian control over the increasingly miserable citizenry it supposedly "serves," and that is the point of all those Nazi posters, it cannot be emphasized firmly enough that even if Stage Three of socialism is avoided, Stages One and Two are anti-freedom and frankly anti-human as well.

Just less so.

On a personal level, I go 'round and 'round with myself as to whether Nazi imagery is "civil" or helpful, politically: On one side I know for a fact that socialism tends in this direction. Every. Single. Time. Even in socialist states where fascism is avoided -- Britain, say -- it is nevertheless the case that the citizenry there exists under a much-diminished concept of "freedom" than your average American would find tolerable, or even imaginable.

On the other hand, I doubt the effectiveness of such imagery, for the simple fact that few can imagine such things, they seem too speculative and too impossible to contemplate, and so I usually make the case that rather than talk up the farther-off (yet still quite possible, and not quite so far off as some would like to imagine) possibility of Stage Three socialism, we should talk up instead the quite-objectionable-enough and much more immediate and imaginable defects of Stages One and Two.

Back to this leftist insistence that we're all paranoid to even think this way, to even define "freedom" in an antique, right-wing fashion, meaning "stuff you are permitted to do or not do without penalty and coercion from the state:" It is especially risible to me, in gallows-humor way, that the left continues to call us lunatics for fretting about increasing state control and increasing state coercion and increasing state outlawing of previously-legal behavior and freedoms even as, in their very first bill out of the socialist box, they propose jailing Americans for engaging in unobjectionable behavior which no one ever before dreamt of being a crime.

Think about this.

The left says: You are crazy to claim your so-called freedoms are being taken away, and you are a lunatic to scream about an overly powerful state which will use violent coercion (no one goes to jail without the threat of violence if he doesn't, after all) to enforce its notions of the "economic good."

And with the next breath the left says: By the way, you shall either buy health care insurance or we will throw you in prison for two or three years.

I'm paranoid? Really? I am not fretting here about some remote and unlikely possibility. We are not speaking here of "slippery slopes" or in terms of "what comes next?"

We are instead objecting to a black-letter law spelled out for all to see in the very first piece of legislation you're proposing.

Right out of the box. The state here -- Pelosi, Reid, Obama -- are claiming that they can imprison people for behavior that has never before even been hinted as being a crime, on the theory that such behavior constitutes unpatriotic economic behavior which is detrimental to the state's balance sheets.

Think about what a broad, all-encompassing term "economics" is. 80% of our waking hours are spent in economic activity of one sort or another. The state here is asserting the right to imprison people for behavior they consider not actually morally reprehensible or harmful as other crimes are, but instead merely detrimental to the Great Push Forward, the state's master plan of economic health and well-being.

Right out of the box they propose sending people to jail for acting as economic subversives and economic traitors and yet I am, somehow, paranoid if I point out that the first step here is to reduce human freedom and increase state power.

And this is just a down-payment, remember...

Read the rest.

Do you understand yet?


Blogger Brock Townsend said...

As Bastiat writes in The Law, Socialism invariably turns into Communism, but, it ain't gonna' happen here, Hussein.

November 14, 2009 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger Longbow said...

Jeez...You almost had it! You were so close!

You talked about how socialism requires greater degrees of control then said that socialism doesn't work as intended.

That is where a rational person usually cannot see the evil in this. I mean the unadulterated and pure evil. I had a hard time getting over this hurdle myself.

This is what they don't teach you in college. Socialism is NOT an economic system. It is a system of control. It is a Control Mechanism only!


November 14, 2009 at 6:09 PM  
Anonymous J. Croft said...

By the time this is up and running there won't be any Americans left who can afford it, so I guess everyone can look forward to three hots and a cot.

Then again whoever's enforcing this, they'll be the only ones left with any money. In a collapsed economy... with hundreds of millions of guns and billions of rounds of ammunition still about... people are going to be thinking about feeding their starving bodies.

It won't be like 1930's Ukraine, a lot of 'civil servants' are going to become crime victims.

November 14, 2009 at 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All legal codes, which provide for incarceration for violations against them, will ultimately be enforced by the barrel of a gun if resistance to enforcement continues with each punitive escalation.

This is why so many laws are more evil than the crimes they describe. This is also why all laws must balance their ultimate ends with the crime.

So, it may be that we are subject to criminal enforcement action if we DON'T do something, and worse yet, something that right now is NO crime and harms NO one.

Who the hell are OUR servants pretending to be when they wish to reclassify the entire health care system, and enact penalties if we don't go along with their congressional wet dreams?

November 15, 2009 at 4:01 AM  
Anonymous suek said...

I've wondered about this "jail time" thing...

Suppose someone is married filing jointly and has two children. Both spouses sign the return. If they refuse to pay up - or can't - do both go to jail? Who's responsible for the children while they're in jail?

What do you bet that while the couple is in jail, the IRS would also seize their home and property and sell all their assets. So when they _do_ get out of jail, they have nothing.

Wow. This looks like _such_ a great plan.

Isn't it unconstitutional to jail someone for debt? Not that a little thing like unconstitutionality would bother them...

November 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Dedicated_Dad said...

This is the reason they're treating this as a "tax" -- ultimately you go to jail for "tax evasion" not "health insurance" -- though from where I sit there's bugger-all difference betwixt the two...

Bottom line: Tyranny by any other name still stinks of rotting corpses.

Preferably theirs...

November 16, 2009 at 4:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my line in the sand. If this is not the Soviet Union, and if I am not a slave, then nobody has the authority to order me to purchase anything.

I've called several congressional offices and told staffers that if any such law passes, I will not comply under any circumstances. I didn't go into any more detail than that, but it should be obvious that if I will not comply, then I will have to kill anybody who attempts to force me to comply, or I will just end up complying and paying additional fees for the lateness of my compliance.

November 16, 2009 at 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If this is not the Soviet Union, and if I am not a slave, then nobody has the authority to order me to purchase anything."

Suppose this is the Soviet Union, and you are a slave. Does that mean someone else has the legitimate authority to order you around? Answer: no. Your environment and the wishes of other men are irrelevant to the question of whether you should be free.

November 17, 2009 at 3:15 PM  

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