Our Basic Choice: Slavery or Freedom


For a bit of Friday morning political philosophy, here’s Richard Fernandez, saying, “Greetings, Slaves“:

The issue which dogs Hillary and which no cosmetic distancing from Sanders will solve is that the middle class is losing faith in the platform. The political turmoil threatening to break apart the EU and the American Blue Model is rooted in the fact that both are broke and have no prospect of meeting obligations as manifested in the stagnation of wages in the West and also in the collapse of the “security” safety nets for which the present-day slaves have traded away their freedom. The progressive campaign is essentially predicated on the assumption that a sufficiently resolute government can defy the laws of financial gravity. There is now some doubt on that point.

Basically, the thesis is that our current political moment brings evidence that there is no tweaking of corporatism that will work.  In attempting to strike a deal between the central planners and the corporate types who seek profit and love a monopoly, the self-interest is too strong and reality too uncompromising.  In no time at all, people realize that they’re slaves, and they either revolt or lose their motivation to work.

Reality refuses to be what the planners need it to be for political reasons.  People will trade their freedom for some price, but it’s always a higher price than central planning can ensure, mostly because freedom and human nature — both antithetical to the planned state — are necessary for both human fulfillment and economic progress.  As the Judeo-Christian scripture and history prove, we were designed to seek God, not pitiful material substitutes, whether they be graven images, filthy lucre, or a secular state bent on conformity.

As Fernandez wraps up: “We’ve tried being slaves. Let’s try being free.”

  • stuckinRI

    I find this quote apropos, “Teamsters who are able to intimidate everything find they are finally helpless against addition and subtraction”. Ah, the uncompromising laws of economics and mathematics/accounting, gets you every time.
    Reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from ‘A Few good men’
    Lt. Kaffee, “was there any sign of injury? Scrapes? Cuts? Bruises? Broken bones? Any sign of violence?”
    Lt. Weinberg, “Other than the dead body?”
    Lt. Kaffee, “I always walk into that”
    There are just some things that you can’t ignore, Santiago’s dead body in the movie, or the immutable laws of economics.
    You can ‘dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge’ all you want but in the end it is what it is. You’re going to get hit and usually it’s going to hurt.