12 October 2008

73. Capitalism & Happiness vs. Statism & Misery

The following are my thoughts regarding Prosperity and Happiness under Capitalism and Freedom versus Impoverishment and Misery under Statism and Force. My thoughts regarding Capitalism and Happiness come first, followed by my thoughts regarding Statism and Misery.

Prosperity and Happiness under Capitalism and Freedom

Only under Capitalism and Freedom is there Prosperity, Progress, Wealth, Growth, Harmony, and Happiness.

Only Capitalism and Freedom makes possible social and economic stability and prosperity.

Observe present day Ireland and Chile, and their prosperity and economic growth. Both of these countries are the products of implementing the principles and benefits of Capitalism, freedom, individual rights, and property rights, while limiting and diminishing Statism, government intervention, regulation, and taxation.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a present day example of a true social-political system of laissez-faire Capitalism. The United States of America does not qualify as a true laissez-faire capitalist nation – presently, it is the freest of the existing mixed-economies of the world, i.e., a social-political system and economy mixed with elements of both Capitalism and Statism).

It is Capitalism - based on the fundamental principles of true individual freedom, economic freedom, individual rights, including property rights, and private ownership of all property - that is responsible for:

- economic progress, growth, and stability
- prosperity & peace
- voluntary cooperation without government interference or force
- societal harmony based on individual freedom
- preserving human life
- feeding millions upon millions of people
- increasing standards of living
- limited and protective governments
- rational societal-cultural expansion, and
- societal preservation.

There is EVERY rational and moral defense, and justification, for Capitalism – for every single individual, region, and country of the world.

Capitalism is all about freedom and peace.

Capitalism is conceived and practiced with rational and moral ideas, and is, therefore, Good.

VERSUS -

Impoverishment and Misery under Statism and Force

Only under Statism and Force it there Impoverishment, Decay, Poverty, Collapse, Chaos, and Misery.

Only Statism and Force brings about social and economic chaos, upheaval, including depressions, or worse.

Observe present day Venezuela and the dictatorial regime under Hugo Chavez, or Iran and its theocracy. Both of these countries are the products of increasing Statism (either by socialism or religious control), severe governmental intervention and regulation, severe taxation, individual and social control and enslavement, while limiting and/or eliminating aspects of the free-market, freedom, individual rights, and property rights, including any and/or all commerce and business rights.

It is Statism - and all its defending irrational ideologies and tyrannical practices, including the idea that man’s life belongs to the state - that is responsible for:

- economic decline, decay, and chaos
- national recessions and depressions
- war & imperialism
- murder and starvation of millions of people
- slavery and physical/mental brutality
- mass poverty and mass impoverishment
- government control and tyranny
- societal decline, and, ultimately
- societal collapse and destruction.

There is NO rational or moral defense, or justification, for Statism (socialism, Marxism, communism, environmentalism, etc.).

Statism is all about oppression and tyranny.

Statism is conceived and practiced with irrational and immoral ideas, and is, therefore, Evil.

SNAPSHOT FORMULATIONS

Capitalism represents Economic Prosperity.
Statism represents Economic Impoverishment.

Capitalism represents Economic and Social Progress.
Statism represents Economic and Social Decay.

Capitalism represents Wealth.
Statism represents Poverty.

Capitalism represents Economic and Social Growth.
Statism represents Economic and Social Collapse.

Capitalism represents Economic and Social Harmony.
Statism represents Economic and Social Chaos.

Capitalism represents Happiness.
Statism represents Misery.