Oh how I wish Murray Rothbard had not died so young. We need him now. As I look back, I can see the one most important thing he ever taught me.
By definition, force is the threat of violence. Always look for force. Always look for violence. If you do you will always make the right judgement and decision.
And remember, government IS force. Government IS violence. Government can and would not exist in the absence of force or violence. — jtl, 419
Governments all over the world are advancing on the road to serfdom, controlling their populations and increasing their power relative to the private sector via increased public spending and new regulations. According to the “ratchet effect,” defined by Robert Higgs, government power usually increases in crisis times. However, when the crisis recedes, government power is not reduced to its initial position. Thus, the long-term victim of the government intrusion may be liberty. More socialist regimes may be instituted. And in these regimes life expectancy is shorter. The greater the power of government, the lower will be the quantity and quality of life ceteris paribus. For instance, the capitalist West Germans had a life expectancy that was about three years longer than that of their East German counterparts.
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