Friday, March 11, 2011

Progressive Mistrust of The People

President Barack Obama’s budget will include $10.7 billion to build a nationwide wireless network for emergency workers and $5 billion to help Americans get mobile access to high-speed Internet service. (Bloomberg)

Like all progressive schemes, it sounds good, but there's a rat in there somewhere...
“High-speed Internet allows small businesses to reach markets beyond the one that they’re in, in the next town, in the next state or even in a different country,” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a Feb. 8 interview. “We need to take that as seriously as we took electricity and telephone service in the 20th century.”
They declare the internet a public utility and they now own and control it. Their other angle is to put the internet on “the public airwaves” via WiMax, and the FCC now has a clear case for jurisdiction and control.

Also, businesses have discovered and leveraged the power of the internet all on their own.  They don't need Obama's Kommisars "helping" them.

This displays the fundamental fallacy of progressivism:  If government doesn't do it, it won't get done.

John Stossell quickly punctures this BS balloon, by explaining spontaneous order...
“Another way to understand spontaneous order is to think about the simple pencil. Leonard Read, who established the Foundation for Economic Education, wrote an essay titled, "I, Pencil," which began, "(N)o single person on the face of this earth knows how to make (a pencil)."
That sounds absurd -- but think about it. No one person can make a pencil. Vast numbers of people participate in making the materials that become a pencil: the wood, the brass, the graphite, the rubber for the eraser, the paint and so on. 

Then go back another step, to the people who make the saws and machinery that are used to make the materials that go into a pencil. And before that, people mine iron to make the steel that makes the machines that make the materials that go into a pencil. It's all without central direction, without these people even knowing they are all working ultimately to make pencils. 

Thousands of people mining, melting, cutting, assembling, packing, selling, shipping -- and yet you can buy pencils for a few pennies each.”  (Stossel – Spontaneous Order)

This is how the world works, and no single entity acts as a controller.  It is spontaneous order brought about by millions of self-interested people.  Not only does it work, it has worked to bring the price down on every consumer good imaginable.  Our homes are filled with luxuries our parents and grandparents only dreamed of.

I recommend you go read Leonard Read's little essay.  It only takes five minutes.  Better yet, have your kids read it as well.  I'll leave you with an excerpt:
Mail delivery is exceedingly simple when compared, for instance, to the making of an automobile or a calculating machine or a grain combine or a milling machine or to tens of thousands of other things. 

Delivery? Why, in this area where men have been left free to try, they deliver the human voice around the world in less than one second; they deliver an event visually and in motion to any person’s home when it is happening; they deliver 150 passengers from Seattle to Baltimore in less than four hours; they deliver gas from Texas to one’s range or furnace in New York at unbelievably low rates and without subsidy; they deliver each four pounds of oil from the Persian Gulf to our Eastern Seaboard—halfway around the world—for less money than the government charges for delivering a one-ounce letter across the street!  (I, Pencil – Leonard Read)
Bonus question.  Why does domestically-produced milk cost more per gallon that gasoline that is pumped out of the ground as crude overseas, shipped around the world, refined and shipped again to gas stations all across the nation?

5 comments:

tha malcontent said...

President Barack Obama, the Messiah of the Progressives.
The man who will be remembered as the has President that has divided our country like no one before in the history of America.
Progressivism is a sickness that is eating away at our freedoms, liberties,race relations, and our trust in Government!

Lets hope that he will be a One Term president like that other disaster Jimmy Carter.

Jersey McJones said...

LOL! The delivery of information from the post office is no different from the delivery of information over the web - IT'S ALL PUBLIC!!!! KEEP. IT. THAT. WAY.

JMJ

Most Rev. Gregori said...

Every thing progressives do and say smacks of lunacy; wear a ribbon to fight this, wear a ribbon to fight that, wear a ribbon to promote cancer awareness... What, people aren't aware of cancer?

Eat this, don't eat that, eat this much, only use this type of light bulb, listen to us we know better then you.

Yea sure, that is why the world is so screwed up mentally, morally and spiritually, and Obama has just pushed us over the edge.

Unlike the malcontent, I don't want Obama to be a one term president, I want him to be half a term president.

dmarks said...

Progressivism is the ideology that advocates that the power and privilege of the ruling class should never be limited, as long as the rulers say they are doing it for the poor, women, workers, etc.

MK said...

More an more these days, behind many screw ups is a government type with a liberal retard behind them to make sure they never learn from the mistake.

Fortunately for them, most can't put 2 & 2 together.