Independence Day Celebrates a Nation Founded on the Right Ideals

Why the U.S. is still prosperous.

Some fundamentalist Christians take the "Greatest Story Ever Told” and make it so unpalatable that it sends seekers running in the other direction. Likewise, some of my fellow liberty lovers take the greatest political and economic system ever devised and make it sound so parsimonious that it causes people run for some government agency.

On Independence Day, we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, but we really are celebrating the unique vision upon which our society was founded, even if it isn’t always “sold” to the public in an easily understood and appealing way.

There are two basic visions of society. In the one that dominated human societies throughout most of history, a small group of people impose their will on everyone else by the threat of violence. Submit or be imprisoned, re-educated, killed or expelled. The leaders have unlimited and ultimate authority, although such governments vary by degree of awfulness. Not every authoritarian system is run by Khmer Rouges or Visigoths.

In the other vision, all people – by the nature of their birth – have fundamental rights. The government’s only job is to protect those rights. The State is designed to serve as a referee to assure that people don’t rob, defraud or otherwise harm others; to sort out the inevitable disputes that result given the human condition; and perhaps to provide some services (i.e., infrastructure) not easily provided by the private sector.

Those who are unduly critical of American society are missing the key point. Of course, the founding fathers were hypocritical and human. Of course, our society falls short of its ideals. Of course, we no longer are really free. Try to defy the government’s edicts and you will feel no safer than Edward Snowden, the asylum-seeking (Venezuela or Russia anyone?) former defense contractor who had leaked embarrassing documents about NSA spying programs.

But looking at the course of human history, it has been the rarest society that has tried to follow the second course. Why does the United States remain among the most prosperous and harmonious nations on Earth? It’s not because of the IRS, ObamaCare, the FBI or any other government agency or program. It’s because of the free-market system, combined with a political system that checks and balances the power of the authorities. This is such a sure-fire creator of wealth and happiness that we do well even running on its fumes.

That’s worth celebrating, even though this system’s successes are not enough for those many people who turn to that thing called government to give them whatever it is they want. But, as the old saying goes, any government big enough to give you whatever you want also is big enough to take away everything you’ve got.

Critics of the free market argue that it’s based on greed, but let’s compare, on a personal level, how markets and the government work. The public school system, for instance, is a government-funded and controlled monopoly. Let’s say your kids are in terrible schools and you want them to be taught somewhere else.

You have three basic choices: Pay a second tuition (you’ve already paid the first one through your taxes) and send them to a private school. Move to another community with a better school district. Spend your time ousting the current school board, overcoming well-funded union opposition and electing new members who might hire better administrators. That could consume your entire life and there’s virtually no chance of success.

Let’s say the schools operated in a market system. The fix is simple. You would shop around for better schools and possibly have the problem solved by the weekend. If you don’t like what General Motors offers in its car product, you don’t devote yourself to changing the company’s board and reviving its product line. You go to the auto mall and buy a Dodge or a Toyota.

Free markets are about voluntary exchange. You and I negotiate over the price of things. If we don’t agree on terms, we part ways as friends or perhaps enemies, but we can’t force the other person to submit to our terms or else we end up in prison.

I’m ruminating about markets and not about “democracy.” Democracy probably is a better way of electing leaders than by hereditary monarchy or military junta, but it refers only to the way that leaders come to power. I would rather live under a king in a system with the rule of law and due process than in a democracy where the majority was keen on the Muslim Brotherhood.

We should resolve to explain the importance of our freedoms to our friends and neighbors in a kind and personal way. Free societies are prosperous, fair and humane. That’s worth celebrating amid the fireworks (watch out for those local bans) and parades. Happy Fourth.

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  • sarcasmic||

    Maybe it's time for a new Declaration of Independence.

    http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/newdecl.html

  • Cdr Lytton||

    You know who else wrote a declaration of independents..

  • Marshall Gill||

    No, never heard of it.

  • Xenocles||

    Someone should write a book about that.

  • James Anderson Merritt||

    I read the new declaration proposed by the ISIL. It's not the horrific document that I feared to find, before I clicked the link provided by Sarcasmic. Still, I worry that convening a constitutional convention will have unintended bad consequences, considering that the last time we had one, we tossed the Articles of Confederation and got the document that has been described as either being the source of our woes or impotent to prevent them. I can't imagine that we would ever get better. Rather than having a wide-open Constitutional convention, why don't we adopt some of the demands of this new Declaration as amendments to the present Constitution? I could definitely go for that.

  • DarrenM||

    How about we adopt a new amendment to the Constitution to provide for something short of a full convention; something that also does not require any approval by Congress, like allowing a State to propose an Amendment unilaterally but with a short time limit in which it must be voted on by the other States.

  • Agammamon||

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/deb.....ILSON.html

    Channel 4 is going to air calls to prayer during Ramadan - because muslims don't own alarm clocks apparently.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    As a devout Buddhist, I look forward to Channel 4 broadcasting the exact times that the month's Uposatha days begin, so I can deepen my practice by taking the eight precepts instead of the usual five.

    *crickets*

    No? I guess I'll have to slit some throats and blow up a few buses to make my concerns known.

  • Agammamon||

    You should totally start a break-away Buddhist sect devoted to the noble eightfold path OF KICKING ARSE!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Dude, the Shaolin Monastery was founded all the way back in 464 AD

  • Agammamon||

    Yeah, but according to David Carradine they've got all those 'no first strike rules'.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    NAP's a bitch, ain't it?

  • Agammamon||

    Its the only thing keeping me from clothes-lining the bastard who guns his un-mufflered engine while driving down my street.

  • ||

    I bet Barack Obama's been trained by the Shaolin monks. He's a total badass and is oh-so-dreamy.

    /Shrike.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    He's the renegade monk who was expelled from the monastery and turned to evil, and the regular monks have to fight him for the sake of righteousness.

  • Brett L||

    "You have dishonored yourself, you have dishonored my family, and you have dishonored your temple."

  • Bam!||

    Buddhist? I'm Amish and I want Channel 4 broadcasting to cater to me.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I'm an atheist and I want Channel 4 to broadcast a black screen, always.

  • Alan||

    Sri Lankan? Myanma? Aum Shinrikyo?

  • Faceless Commenter||

    As a gay Muslim, I want Channel 4 to have the call to prayer belted out by Lady Gaga.

  • Killazontherun||

    We should resolve to explain the importance of our freedoms to our friends and neighbors in a kind and personal way. Free societies are prosperous, fair and humane. That’s worth celebrating amid the fireworks (watch out for those local bans) and parades. Happy Fourth.

    After grilling for thirty two adults and and too many kids to count, I sat back to enjoy Borderlands 2. I'm pretty sure what made this country great in centuries past was loot droppings. The right of self defense, of property, and security in your person and effects, none of that was possible in pioneer days without wild boars you encountered along the trail shitting out a shiny pearl handled double barreled flintlocks that pissed lightening. How could they have possibly survived their journeys without the wild life and savages giving up massive amounts of ammo and weapons that got better in quality as they got more proficient in using them? Really, just how realistic is it to think they just stocked up at the way over priced weapons vendor before heading out on the trail and survived the entire trip? I've tried that, it doesn't work.

    Loot droppings, the secret history of America's settlement.

  • Agammamon||

    Loot dropping is what has ruined this country. I've got people complaining that there isn't a loot mechanic in the new 'Shadowrun' CRPG.

    Keyrist - in *my* day monsters didn't drop loot - if you wanted that fat, shiny, new sword then by God you got yerself up and delivered that pair of boots for the old man so he'd give you one!

  • Agammamon||

    Collective action *without* government coercion and no need for violence (just the desire for it).

  • Killazontherun||

    Now that you have delivered my boots and you have slain the dragon that stole them, I will now give you the Dragonslayer of Supreme Vorpal. Hey, come to think of it, it would have been very handy if were able to use it in that fight with the dragon, wouldn't it?

  • Brett L||

    Speaking of which, July 25! I've already got a case of Mountain Dew and a bucket for Shadowrun Returns hitting Steam.

  • CE||

    What, "F off slaver!" isn't kind and personal?

  • Ice Nine||

    OT heads up. Zimmerman trial getting kind of wild. Check it out when court reconvenes at 1300 Eastern.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Nobody cares.

  • Ice Nine||

    You and I must be reading different H&Rs;.

  • Sevo||

    "Critics of the free market argue that it’s based on greed,"

    Unlike, oh, taxes? The teachers' unions? Those 'other' things that are based on pixy-dust.

  • Killazontherun||

    Based on loooove For. The. Children.

    Am I the only one who finds all teachers to be at least somewhat creepy, and most of them astoundingly so?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Having taught, I say Fuc....*looks in the mirror*

    Ok, you got a point.

  • Killazontherun||

    I'm painting broadly, of course, but then again if you were to frame it, 'all serial killers are creepy', there would little to refute because it is almost definitional of the type of person who is a serial killer. The same to a lesser extent is true for teachers, but it is still part of the profile. That ability to socialize with children when not well adjusted to interactions with adults makes their behavior antisocial. For example, a person who loathes children and doesn't want them even in the same room is much less likely to speak to other adults in the same voice they use on their pets. I realized a lady I was speaking to yesterday was a former teacher just by her tone of voice. And that tone is creepy.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    If you're talking about elementary school teachers, I can see that. I don't see that applying to high school teachers though.

  • Killazontherun||

    Yeah, perhaps we should start calling those who teach adults and young adults instructors. The word teacher is pretty much ruined by the sentiment of policeofficerfiremanteacher selflesspublicservants.

  • Agammamon||

    I'd think serial killers usually *aren't* creepy. Its hard to get that coed to come peacefully into your murder-room unless you can talk some game.

  • Killazontherun||

    Creepy and charisma are not always on opposite ends of the spectrum. David Koresh, Ted Bundy, Iggy Pop. Why, the list could take days to fill.

  • ||

    To say nothing of Warty...

  • Sevo||

    "David Koresh, Ted Bundy, Iggy Pop."
    Uh, how about that Jackson guy?

  • ||

    Samuel L Jackson wasn't *that* creepy until he did that "Wake The Fuck Up" video.

  • ||

    Or did you mean a different Jackson...

  • Sevo||

    Killazontherun| 7.5.13 @ 12:35PM |#
    "Based on loooove For. The. Children."

    The local commuter rail workers (BART) have been on strike. They're asking a 23% increase over three years and no, they do NOT want any benes deducted from their pay.
    So even in the SF bay area, this is not getting the love. The local politicos haven't so much as whispered anything about it, in spite of them being government workers, regardless of whether an intermediary signs the checks.
    Anyhow, the SEIU (yep, those assholes) rep pipes up yesterday to claim this is about "safety!".
    Too much; Moonbeam suggested to his bosses that it was prolly a bad PR move, and they really ought to go back to work during negotiations.
    The political posturing is funny to me; I don't have to deal with 'public transport' except when I can't avoid flying.

  • Agammamon||

    Take the bus - for Chapman!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Don't have a strike on behalf of unsustainable benefits, man!"

    (you, see, becaue their acronym is BART, which is like Bart Simpson of "Don't Have A Cow, Man" fame...)

  • ||

    I think Milton Friedman explained it best:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A

  • Brandon||

    HuffPo: Fuck that Declaration of Independence and Constitution shit, serving the government is a holy calling.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....33636.html

    I'm not even exaggerating what this fucking article says. It may be the worst in the long, inglorious history of HuffPo.

  • sarcasmic||

    Ah yes. The rugged libertarian straw man that views all collective action, even voluntary collective action, with scorn. Every libertarian is a self sufficient island that depends upon no one. No one cooperates. There is no trade. No economy. No collective action at all. No groups greater than one.

    Because there can be no cooperative collective action unless government coercion is involved.

  • Pro Libertate||

    They have to know that libertarians say no such thing, since we're always on about civil society and contracts.

  • sarcasmic||

    I've known collectivists who honestly believe that there can be no cooperative action without government involvement. Because without government involvement people can say no. If people can say no, then you can't guarantee that everyone is on board, and if you don't have everyone involved then there's no point in even trying.
    Because libertarians object to forced collectivism, libertarians object to cooperation of any kind.

    That's really what they believe.

  • Pro Libertate||

    As large, diverse, and wealthy as we are, it's surprising to me that they think such things. American charitable activities are tremendous, for instance, despite the government taking so much of our money and often destroying charitable institutions through its intervention and/or regulation.

  • ||

    That Americans are a highly charitable people is consistently lost on foreign slavemakers when they babble and whine about our lack of socialized medicine, for instance. Fuck them all.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I've had people actually admit that they are personally too lazy and selfish to contribute to charity on their own, so they like the government forcing them to do so.

    That's usually my clue that this person is a sadist who is into some really sick sexual perversion, like sucking off a donkey while it shits on him/her, or something.

  • Brandon||

    That Americans are a highly charitable people is consistentlyconveniently lost on foreign slavemakers when they babble and whine about our lack of socialized medicine, for instance.

    FTFY. It's not an accident that this is rarely acknowledged.

  • Killazontherun||

    They have to believe that when a person backs out of a contract that it leaves no impression on those who he wishes to contract with later.

    That when a corporation sells you a can of sardines and you get human fingers packed in their instead the word of that getting out would have no effect on their bottom line.

    In other words, they believe we would be at the mercy of privately based sociopaths instead of the publicly employed ones.

    Hence, we should accept this monopoly of force because because the vacuum of power would undermine social cohesion that they believe is necessary for the enforcement of all contracts.

    Pure nonsense, but that is what they believe.

  • Killazontherun||

    Hence, we should accept this monopoly of force because because the vacuum of power would undermine the social cohesion that they believe is necessary for the enforcement of all contracts.

  • Pro Libertate||

    There is a good argument, even for minarchists, that civil courts shouldn't be housed with the government at all.

  • ||

    I've known collectivists who honestly believe that there can be no cooperative action without government involvement... That's really what they believe.

    Cue Tony

  • Brandybuck||

    I have met people who literally believe this. Literally. I got into an argument with a campaign worker once about government health care. To buttress my argument I said that we don't need a bureau of food to get produce to the grocers. To my surprise he asserted that it was government itself that directs the trucks to drive to the grocery stores. This person literally thought there was a government bureau that handed out production slips to every worker across the nation every morning.

  • sarcasmic||

    This person literally thought there was a government bureau that handed out production slips to every worker across the nation every morning.

    How else will people know what do do if someone from government doesn't issue orders?

    /derp

  • Killazontherun||

    I encountered someone like that in a conversation in the early nineties. At the time he was working on an advanced degree in political science. I asked him after he made it clear he literally believed that the supply chain did not occur without the government managing it, 'why do you think communism failed?'

    His answer, 'they were not democratic.'

  • ||

    A little OT, but along the same vein:

    I was talking to someone trashing libertarianism by comparing it to feudalism, the 1800's, slavery, the wild west, etc. Then, he gave me a lecture on the proud history and tradition of socialism in his favorite country: Germany.

    I asked him if that proud history also included National Socialism: an event within living memory. He told me to quit living in the past.

  • MoreFreedom||

    People show voluntary collective action all the time: from their churches, charities, clubs, corporations, partnerships and others.

    While some Libertarians may object to the ends desired (e.g., George Soros funded political associations) I'm not aware of any that object to voluntary collective action provided that such action isn't to harm someone else or their property via government. And then their objection would be, not the association, but its ends.

    Isn't it a good thing when people say no to government force being used to take from some to benefit others?

    The difference between government and voluntary organizations, is that in the government case you have people using force against others, but not in the voluntary association in which people are free to leave.

  • Brandybuck||

    Once upon a time, only a few short years ago, no one bothered criticizing libertarianism. It just wasn't on the political map. But now it seems there's another strawman attack on ideology every other day. Clearly the statists are on the defensive.

    It wasn't too long ago that when the Democrats wanted to belittle the Republicans, they just called them a bunch of warhawks and socons. Now they just hint that there might be libertarians hiding in the party and the GOP screams "Nuh uh!"

  • goneGalt||

    "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you...

  • ||

    ..."and perhaps to provide some services (i.e., infrastructure) not easily provided by the private sector."

    Highly debatable.

    What really strikes me about people is how sacrosanct and supreme they think democracy is -- that it's the highest end in itself, that it's the most fundamental right of an individual to be able to vote, and whatnot. Where did this shit come from?

    Tyranny imposed by majoritarianism is no less detestable than tyranny imposed by a single despot, or a small elite, or a sentient supercomputer. Tyranny is tyranny. Rights should not be subject to the whims of a mob. Why is this so difficult for people to understand?

    When people refer to the United States as a democracy, I go apeshit.

  • Marshall Gill||

    I am pretty sure that Jefferson called government: "a necessary...something".

  • Pro Libertate||

    Necessary boll weevil, I believe. Jefferson was obsessed with Anthonomus grandis.

  • ||

    You know who else was obsessed with weevils...

  • Brandon||

    Pew, the blind pirate from Treasure Island?

  • Sevo||

    Hey, some people resent having to pay for others!
    "Health insurers fear young people will opt out"
    ""I shouldn't be penalized for having good health," he said."
    Wonder who he voted for?
    And:
    " If enough young adults avoid the new insurance marketplace, it could throw off the entire equilibrium of the Affordable Care Act."
    Ya think? Maybe 'truth in advertising' will require a name change.
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/med.....648322.php

  • ||

    Obamacare was designed to crash the system so that it can be replaced with single payer. Nothing that is happening now with Obamacare is unintended.

  • Brandybuck||

    The consequence of EVERYTHING government does is unintended. These guys aren't magical beings who can miraculously direct the form of emergent orders, they are for the most part below average human beings whose only notable skillset is getting elected.

  • Alan||

    All too accurate.

  • Sevo||

    S,
    I doubt it.
    Never presume conspiracy where simple stupidity will suffice.
    We're talking about Obozo and Pelosi here; their time horizons are the next election, and if you needed two principles to rub together to start a fire, they'd both freeze to death.

  • JWatts||

    "Now sweeping federal health laws are promising to make coverage more affordable, but the big question remains_ will it be affordable enough?"

    That's just hilarious. It's got to be more affordable, because it says so in the title, right?

    On the plus side, there's very little chance the IRS can effectively enforce the penal-tax. If you ensure that your automatic with holding amount is very close to your actual expected taxes, there's no money to grab.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    You allude to the mentility at play here. The mindset is that if you declare something, it is so. So, the government declares that healthcare prices must fall, well, by golly, they'll fall, supply and demand and marginal pricing be damned. The same mentality also works in the reverse direction. If they refuse to name something, it doesn't exist.

  • ||

    "Why does the United States remain among the most prosperous and harmonious nations on Earth? It’s not because of the IRS, ObamaCare, the FBI or any other government agency or program. It’s because of the free-market system,..."

    Riiiight. I saw the Star Trek theme training video the IRS made. It explicitly states in the opening that without the IRS and it's unknowable byzantine zillions of rules, pure chaos would rule. I am pretty sure they used those very words, and we know we can totally trust the IRS.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yes, what was different about the U.S.? Why has it been such a huge economic success? It's truly a mystery.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Ugh. I'm completing some continuing education courses for my wife. She's an accountant. I'm starting the individual tax workshop on Monday. Just thumbing through the material this morning looking at the IRS codes was making my blood pressure shoot up. Fuck the IRS.

  • Killazontherun||

    Robert Wenzel has a column smacking up John Stossel's apathy to domestic spying by the NSA. He includes this quote from Mrs. Von Mises.

    There were spies everywhere, spies who watched you, misinterpreted the simplest of your actions, and reported you. Household employees who had grown old with families they lived with, suddenly became enemies. Children were taught to observe parents and report them. The Germans had organized everything so thoroughly beforehand that it took only a few days for freedom to turn into tyranny.

    The rest here:

    http://www.economicpolicyjourn.....mises.html

  • CE||

    I thought we were celebrating the bravery of the US military for keeping us free by being stationed in 108 different countries? And our heroic first responders and educators and government administrators who keep our country safe and prosperous and protect it from corporashunz?

  • CE||

    The government’s only job is to protect those rights.

    By systematically stealing from us and drafting our children to protect itself when necessary?

    The government's only job is to perpetuate itself by any means possible, including spreading propaganda and indoctrinating youths in its schools to believe that government is indispensable and good.

  • James Anderson Merritt||

    The Declaration and Constitution articulate high ideals, living up to which the founding generation adopted as a serious goal, however incompletely or imperfectly they were able to attain them in their own time. Each generation must re-dedicate this nation to that goal: living up to our fundamental ideals, and implementing a society that is consistent with them. A generation that keeps the nation alive and moves is closer to the ideals keeps faith with the founders and all of the people in intervening generations who fought and died to do the same over the centuries. Generations that leave this country further away from its goals or repudiates them entirely -- or the generation that loses this country -- will deserve great infamy. Don't be those guys.

  • DarrenM||

    Democracy probably is a better way of electing leaders than by hereditary monarchy or military junta, but it refers only to the way that leaders come to power.

    This is always worth repeating.

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  • Alan||

    "There are two basic visions of society. In the one that dominated human societies throughout most of history, a small group of people impose their will on everyone else by the threat of violence. Submit or be imprisoned, re-educated, killed or expelled. The leaders have unlimited and ultimate authority, although such governments vary by degree of awfulness."

    And what is the non-American variety like?

  • Ziniko||

    No way. Our nation was not founded on the free market or on school choice. It was founded on certain ideals of justice that Pericles thought Athens had attained when he said:

    "Our plan of government favors the many instead of the few. That is why it is called a democracy. As for laws, we are for equal justice to everyone. And as for social standing, advancement is open to everyone according to his ability. High position does not depend on wealth, nor does poverty bar the way. We take pleasure in the arts, but without extravagance, and in knowledge, without being soft. Our public leaders have their own businesses as well as politics to take care of. Our ordinary citizens see to their own livelihoods, but are also capable of making political decisions. Unlike other nations, we Athenians do not call a man who takes no part in public life quiet or unambitious. We call such a man- useless."

    Of course Pericles headed a slave state that subjugated women. But those above-expressed ideals are what our founder aspired to. Unfortunately the Supreme Court and Congress and states are twisting our country into a place that favors the few over the many. High position requires wealth. But that's what comes from so many citizens not taking part in public life. We are "useless". And therefore no longer a democracy.

  • commentzilla||

    "the free-market system, combined with a political system that checks and balances the power of the authorities. This is such a sure-fire creator of wealth and happiness that we do well even running on its fumes."

    Where are the check and balances on the "free-market system"? Consumer choice(s) is not sufficient. If it was then explain the lack of choices for internet providers?

    In many places there is only one choice. Compared to other countries we pay far more for our internet - price/speed/caps. Why? Because an unregulated "free-market system" is insufficient.

    ""free-market system" is a great idea. But it's not perfect. Nothing is.

  • RickC||

    Is this satire? Gotta be satire.

  • ||

    Poe's law proves itself more and more true each day.

  • ||

    internet providers

    unregulated "free-market system"

    Pick one.

  • timbo||

    We are so far from free markets here; it is rather sickening to be told by a Marxist douche to celebrate our freedom.
    Name something else then. Name another system that has created wealth for the largest amount of people in the history of the world other than capitalism. You cannot. People who deride free markets for any reason are incapable of determining their own destiny and are afraid of losing in a dog-eat-dog world. To quote Greenhut, “I still regularly meet people who believe that the laws under which we are governed are the result of a deliberative process led by legislators driven by a commitment to the public good. Stay away from people like this. They will lead to more crack-baby scares, to the funding of new armies of social workers, planners, tax collectors, cops, and regulators, who are more than happy to lobby for higher taxes and meddle in our affairs

  • JohnToner||

    GREED & THE HUMAN CONDITION. Great article. "Greed" isn't so much a part of "free markets" as it is a part of the human condition itself. The question is, or should be, which type of system helps to RESTRAIN greed more - a free market, or a political system?

    You could argue that Sam Walton was "greedy", as founder of Walmart and (at the time) the richest American. How did Walton's "greed" express itself? By charging LOWER prices to consumers to win their business. A free market IS all the "checks and balances" a society needs.

    But in a political environment "greed" has no checks and balances. Politicians in dairy states trade sugar subsidies to Florida politicians in exchange for their support of dairy subsidies, so both sets of politicians get campaign contributions (from dairy farmers or sugar growers) and citizens get screwed on both ends.

    Amen bro!

  • ||

    The American system has always benefitted some people, tilting mostly toward the influential people, but doing a poor job for people in other classes. We still have a lot of work to do to disseminate Democracy to all classes of Americans.

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  • timbo||

    Critics of the free market system are composed of three groups that compose a gang of miscreants:
    Those critics are either morons, wimps who cannot compete, or scumbag politicians who can appeal to the former by appeasing their failure with the capitalists' stuff by way of theft through altering laws.
    If you hate the free market, you are most likely a complete pansy or perhaps one of those tough union guys who cry when they have to compete for their useless jobs.

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