12 October 2008

A Brief Word about Mixed-Economies

The idea of “mixed-economy” must be briefly addressed before I begin my discussions regarding Capitalism versus Statism. Mixed-economies are not true capitalist social-political-economic systems. In Ayn Rand’s words, a mixed-economy is simply a “semi-socialized economy” (Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal). What does this mean? Mixed-economies are social-political systems that are a “mixture” of limited free-market economics and limited individual rights, including limited property rights, limited because of all types and degrees of statist-socialist-communist-Marxist governmental restrictions, intervention, policies, mandates, regulation, and coercive force controlling the economy and an individual’s life. Mixed-economies are a “mix” of limited free-market economies that have become statist oriented social-political systems, each system differing only in various degrees to the extent that free-market trade and commerce, along with any limited individual freedom and rights, including property rights, that are allowed to exist and function only through coercive government force. To drive the point further, a mixed-economy is a limited-capitalistic social-political-economic system with limited individual rights and property rights, a system that is restricted, manipulated, regulated, mandated, and controlled by statist governments and their policies to various degrees. Again, in Ayn Rand’s words, a mixed-economy is a “semi-enslaved society” (Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal). Mixed-economies are NOT true laissez-faire capitalist social-political systems, by any stretch of the imagination. Examples of “mixed-economy” social-political systems are present-day United States, Canada, England, or Sweden. (Yes, including Sweden. Sweden is not the shinny example of a successful “pure” socialist state as many people wish it were. Sweden is nothing more than an advanced mixed-economy political system, surviving only because enough elements of the free-market (business) and individual rights, including property rights, that are still allowed to exist and function, all heavily controlled by advanced statist-socialist policies, regulations, and coercive government force. Cuba, on the other hand, is almost the perfect “pure” example of true Socialism: Communism – complete State ownership and control of the economy and culture. In my opinion, Cuba is a true “pure” socialist [statist] economic and cultural disaster.)