Political discourse is really in a sad state of affairs. So is the general philosophy in regards to life and sense of empowerment. The how behind this is important to understand; the solutions suggested are even more-so. It comes down to this: Do you want permission to act and guides to what just to say; or do you want to be empowered to think, to act, to escape from destructive mindsets and narrow, severely limiting paradigms?
Why should the exact same treatment for pneumonia cost $5,000 in one building and $124,000 in another? Or the exact same infusion drug for a chronically ill patient that requires them every six weeks cost $14,000 per shot in one setting, but $28,000 down the street? Why should patients have to pay so much more, simply based on where they park their cars? The answer is simple: they shouldn’t.
Control the money and you control the people. The federal government has done just that in the Unites States. Over the last hundred years, the federal government and the Federal Reserve, a privately owned bank cartel conceived of in secret, have waged a war on sound money in America. They’ve ended the free circulation of gold (and, for a time, criminalized its ownership), while imposing taxes on those who trade with it. They’ve replaced gold and silver coins, and the promise of gold redeem-ability on IOUs, with paper money and credit. An ever-expanding volume of fiat money has replaced sound money as the primary medium of exchange. Liberty-loving citizens, savers and consumers who use Federal Reserve Notes (commonly referred to as “dollars”) in exchange for goods and services all have a vested interest in restoring the soundness of our money – whether they know it or not.
Joseph Stiglitz is concerned about why people are hostile to the idea of gigantic, impersonal and rapacious governments stealing from them while telling them what to do. Governments don’t work on any level. But global government is worst of all. It will deliver ruin, mass incarceration and ultimately genocide. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But Stiglitz is a world famous economist, so he has better ideas.
More Laws, More Violence Thus, though the police may be the face of law and order, behind their blue eyes rest the marching orders of politicians riddled with this presumption—that the law is the best tool for bringing order to a society facing complex problems. Let’s not give the politicians too much credit though. They, of course, are elected by “the people” to presume as much. As Mencken wrote, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard,” and though I do not think the common people deserve to be victims of police brutality, I am not surprised they have become the victims of their “representative” government. Indifferent to freedom, the people have forged their own chains and have given “themselves” the reins by empowering their government and its agents.