“Predictably, if one can only appeal to the state for justice, justice will be perverted in favor of the state. Instead of resolving conflict, a monopolist of ultimate decision-making will provoke conflict in order to settle it to his own advantage. Worse, while the quality of justice will fall under monopolistic auspices, its price will rise. Motivated like everyone else by self-interest but equipped with the power to tax, the state agents’ goal is always the same: to maximize income and minimize productive effort.”
~ Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Professor Emeritus with the College of Business at the University of Nevada
There is no doubt that once an appetite is created for the private possessions of others in a society, it is an insatiable craving that politicians will still work to satiate – because it boosts their own power in the attempt.
It is insatiable because once the moral hazard of envy is eliminated, as long as there is one person who has less than you, a government will intervene to “equalize” that inequity by taking from you to give to them – and that is Marxism. Herr Marx said:
“The theory of Communism may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”
When someone breaks into your house and takes your things, we call that a “crime” and the perpetrator a “criminal”.
Now in our Orwellian times, when a government does exactly the same thing by creating a law to take your things, we call that act “equality”, “social justice” or “your fair share” and the perpetrator a “politician” or even worse, a “statesman”.
Folks, this is the breaking point of Western Civilization, the development and prosperity of which is based on the Lockeian philosophy of the ownership of private property. When a population can decide that they want to take what you have simply because they want it, we are done and tyrannical rule is just around the corner.
The case of which I speak isn’t specifically is about private property, but private effort that was donated to a public school. Some parents in Michigan donated money and time to spruce op the baseball field by expanding the seating and adding stadium seats and then after one anonymous complaint that they boys baseball stadium was nicer than the girls softball field, it went all the way to the federal level and the U.S Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights forced the school to rip out the bleachers.
When government power extends to the point that they can force a school into “equality” by causing the destruction of parent funded stadium seats at the baseball field because seating at the girls softball field isn’t as “nice”, then there is nothing that government can’t do.
Take a look at your own life, America. If you do not believe we have a socialist government and we already live in a Stalinist state, just ask yourself this question: over your lifetime, how many things now require government approval or notification than did 5, 10, 15, 20 – and for those of us a little longer in the tooth – 30, 40 or 50 years ago. What simple and innocuous things did you do when you were a kid that are prohibited or would result in a fine today?
People think that our Constitution and our republican system of government is an automatic defense against the institution of a tyrannical regime. It is not. In a democracy, tyranny can be voted in – tyranny of the majority. We have also noted many times the monarchical tendencies of our own central government and how reliance on government results in the loss of individual freedom.
But the tyranny of the majority exhibits itself in a counter-intuitive manner – for it to flex its muscle, it must recognize and use the tyranny of the minority – it must use the grievances of the minority to exert power over the majority. In the linked story, the entire will of a large group of parents and contributors who thought they were simply doing something good for their school was overturned by a single anonymous complaint.
The real scandal isn’t that a school is being forced to rip out bleachers paid for by private funds, the real scandal is that there even exists a government agency that has the power to force them to do that. The real scandal is that we are even talking about turning over any more of our liberty to a central government with the power, the reach and the potential for political corruption that is possible with the entrenched bureaucracy that exists today – even at a local/school board level.