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Dear Lowman,

There are those who think the earth is flat as is plainly obvious to the senses. If you think that, you will act in a certain way. If you believe " in utilizing the full force of government for the advancement of social, political and economic justice at the municipal, state, national and international levels' as US Senator Joseph C. Clark, Jr said, quoted in introduction to Ludwig Von Mises "Liberalism" . then you will act one way. If you believe in the individual human action, free will, voluntarily coordinated, rather than coercively coordinated by the power of the State, if you think the consumer is the monarch and the voter is the monarch and cooperation rather than coercion is key to societal stability, then you will act another way.

The Corporatism v. Socialism v. Free Market blog was written well before fast moving events resulted in even worse outcome for Free Markets and Individual's Right of Private Property, the essential requirement for Free Market and Prosperity as Von Mises demonstrates.

In Governance by The Elites The Medical Model The Military Model, I have picked attractive picture of Doctor and Soldiers to make that point that neither doctors nor military are bad, but that the medical model and the military model are not models for economic prosperity and free society as attractive as doctors and soldiers are. I think the Socialist Collectivist model plays on our need for security and the Socialist Collectivist model provides, in the imagination, the feeling that we will be protected from aggressive people and that we will be provided for. Illusory as the Flat Earth.


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Corporatism v. Socialism v. Free Market



Hayek

Corporatism v. Socialism v. Free Markets relates to President Bush's Bailout Bill and President Obama's policiesCorporatism is "Public Private Partnership", the words that work to mask a very serious threat to personal autonomy and individual self-determination.

As we move toward a more centralized Statist Economy, it is useful to have a roadmap. Some think we are on the Road to Serfdom.

"A classic work in political philosophy, intellectual history and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians and scholars for half a century. Originally published in 1944, it was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For Hayek, the collectivist idea of empowering government with increasing economic control would lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy."

"As President Bush announces a revised bailout for automakers, David Boaz examines the policies of Bush and proposals of Obama and concludes neither is a "socialist", but neither does either believe in free markets; they are "Corporatists":

In a few short months, the Bush administration has turned the focus of our economy to corporatism. Every day brings another story about businessmen seeking their profits in Washington, not the marketplace:
*Life insurance companies are seeking to buy savings and loan institutions in order to qualify for a piece of the $700 billion bailout fund.
*Realtors and homebuilders are asking for mortgage subsidies, tax credits and interest-rate "buydowns" to stimulate demand for their product.
*Recently "the health insurance industry said" - a pretty corporatist phrase right there - that it would support regulations requiring insurers to accept all customers, regardless of illness or disability, as long as Congress would require every American to buy insurance.
*After Congress turned down a bailout for the car companies, the firms are asking the Bush administration to fund them on its own authority.

Meanwhile, Obama advisers are saying that if the federal government invests billions of dollars in businesses, it should get some influence on company policies regarding foreclosures, lending, executive compensation, environmental effects and product lines."


Socialism Requires Governance By Elite




Socialism is premised on idea that a few Educated, Expert Elite, the Virtuous and the Wise, Can and Will Run the Economy efficiently and to the equalizing benefits to all. There is a problem with that model.

The problem with very smart people running the country, The Medical Model, the Philosopher King:

In the medical model, the doctor is someone with superior intellect, superior cognitive abilities, superior education and expertise, superior skills and the other party in the interaction is physically weak, frequently, in extremis, psychologically vulnerable and susceptible. In that context, the patient has almost no alternative except to accept that the doctor knows what is best for the patient and that the patient has no alternative but to do as he or she is told to do. And this is the everyday experience of the doctor and the more specialized and smart the doctor, the more his or her word is accepted without complaint or question. This, then, becomes the norm and he or she, not surprisingly, begins to think that he or she "knows everything and is never wrong". And when someone like this goes into government, they take that paradigm into a venue where it is inappropriate and won't work. The Arrogance of Intellect inextricably intertwined with the Arrogance of Power is not a good thing for the rest of us.

Plato is a proponent of the Philosopher King and studied and admired Sparta, which had a Military Model of Governance.

The doctor knows what is best for the patient and makes the decision with little, if any, consultation with the patient. This may, or may not, be optimal in medical or hospital venue, it, most certainly, is not in a political setting where power tends to corrupt and government has overwhelming power, the monopoly of violence.

Or to put it another way, throughout the Ages, the Few have ruled the Many, America was the Exception and many of us would like to preserve American Exceptionalism.


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