“Question from an an-com: ‘free markets lead to tyranny’ Example: a land lady who owns several rental properties on a street, wants to buy another that has come up on the market. She doesn’t want to pay the asking price, so she puts “for sale” boards on all her properties, with no intention of selling them, just to depress the house prices in the area. The argument goes that people with capital, can use their economic power to build a monopoly.”
No individual or entity exists in a vacuum. An individual who attempts to falsely manipulate prices to the detriment of others will inevitably be exposed and word will spread. When this occurs, public slander and economic ostracism resulting in a tarnished reputation would punish anyone attempting such mendacity.
The idea that the wealthy harm the less fortunate and exacerbate their poverty is the perniciously self-destructive ideology of covetousness. It serves nothing and nobody to look to another man’s success and proclaim him not deserving of his wealth, if he has earned it in the market place through voluntary interactions. On the contrary not only has he legitimately earned his wealth, but he is thoroughly benefiting his community by his having acquired it.
The wealthy provide jobs to people around them, invest in large corporations and small start-ups, and provide the capital needed for entrepreneurs to take out a loan to open their business. The poor are genuinely helped by the wealthy that move next door. This is how opportunities are created. This is how standards of living rise. It is not the opportunities that improve a man’s life, but rather the smoldering desire to improve his lot through the sweat of his brow and painstaking dedication. The poor man must first make the choice to improve his life through his own perseverance. After that choice is made no force is powerful enough to stand in his way
Nature is not fragile, delicate, and easily broken. Humanity is not evil, immoral, or a parasite on the planet. Nature is not the miracle. Humanity is the miracle! For most of human history up until the 20th century, people have lived on the brink of starvation and in abject poverty according to today’s standards. Now we can support 7.4 billion people. This was unthinkable just a few decades ago.
This overwhelming success is due to humanity’s fierce desire to thrive and prosper in the face of the unrelenting and savage reality that is the natural world. The natural resources have always been present. What has changed is the knowledge and technological tools to access, refine, and utilize these resources to the benefit of our fellow brothers and sisters. The flourishing of humanity is entirely dependent on the development and free flow of ideas in the Free Market. The more this process is facilitated the easier our lives become.
It is only through respecting each other as human beings that we can continue our magnificent journey to the stars and beyond. It requires the abandonment of antiquated and dogmatic ideas such as Nationalism, Statism, and the belief in authority. There are so many reasons for us to fail and fall into oblivion. Our existence rests upon a razor’s edge. Rejoice life every day, for the comforts you enjoy were provided to you by intrepid entrepreneurs and passionate inventors who fell in love with humanity! Fall in love, not in line!
How does one help the poor and indigent the best? It is a testament to the charitable spirit of human nature that many people ask me this question when I advocate an abolition of the Welfare State. How will we help those in need if we do not force our neighbors to “donate” a portion of their wealth at the barrel of a gun? Indeed if coercion is required to carry out your idea it is safe to assume your idea is worthless. If many people vote to propagate the violent redistribution of funds via the Welfare State, they could’ve organized to do the very same task voluntarily. It is never compassionate or charitable to decide what to do with other people’s stolen funds. That is the kernel of evil and the initiation of force.
The poor and needy are helped by giving them the tools to help themselves. Start a business to employ them, teach them useful skills, educate, and enlighten them. By all these methods they will lift themselves out of poverty. They will gain self-knowledge so they can pass it down to their progeny and so continue the ever-expanding wealth creation that is the legacy of the human race.
“They say if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish then he’s gotta get a fishing license, but he doesn’t have any money. So he’s got to get a job and get into the Social Security system and pay taxes, and now you’re gonna audit the poor cocksucker, ’cause he’s not really good with math. So he’ll pull the IRS van up to your house, and he’ll take all your shit. He’ll take your black velvet Elvis and your Batman toothbrush, and your penis pump, and that all goes up for auction with the burden of proof on you because you forgot to carry the one, ’cause you were just worried about eating a fucking fish, and you couldn’t even cook the fish ’cause you needed a permit for an open flame. Then the Health Department is going to start asking you a lot of questions about where are you going to dump the scales and the guts…” Doug Stanhope, stand up comedian