Ever since Obama made his speech about how “you didn’t build that” because even if you build a business from nothing, you have roads, we have a curious madness on the left. Every time you say anything about socialism or mention that government is too big, you get someone yelling at you that if you want freedom you don’t need roads.
There was a meme a friend of mine put on a facebook group some months ago (and which I didn’t steal because I’m stupid) which perfectly showed this. There was this pissed off guy rolling up what was clearly a bad layer of asphalt on a road and the caption was “Libertarianism? Well, you won’t be needed this.”
Yesterday I came across this when I shared on Facebook my PJMedia post about the corrupting nature of socialist governments (most of Europe) and a guy commented that hey, a little socialism was good, it was a lot that was bad, and then used the quote about government being a good servant but a bad master, but applied it to SOCIALISM. He actually gave as an example of things that the government allowed us to have ROADS.
Seriously, I’m starting to think this is some form of psychosis, like Obama spoke and replaced the contents of these people’s heads with an obsession about ROADS being a thing of socialism.
Of course there were roads long before socialism. There were roads under every possible form of government, because humans have to get around. Roman roads, under both the republic and the empire were a thing we still envy, built for the ages. And they were certainly not socialist. (Not that any of us would want to live under their system of government, either, but that’ doesn’t matter because every system of government had roads.)
The road thing is particularly puzzling since I know that colonists in the Americas put up roads and that my parents, under the (then) National Socialist regime paid to have their road paved. (They and their neighbors, of course.)
He also refered to the government monopoly over roads, which made me scratch my head, because as far as I know there is no such thing. As a proof, there are tons of private roads. More importantly, in condo-like developments, with the entire neighborhood being managed, the roads are often owned by the association/people who manage the condos, not by any government.
A saner example of things “we need government for” would be schools and even then he would be crazy. Though the government has arrogated for itself (by means of accreditation authority) the right to tell you what your kids must learn and how it must be documented, there are enough homeschoolers doing fine despite that. And there are private schools. And my husband’s ancestors, in the 1600s in CT took up money to build a school house and hire a school master. (Not a light undertaking for fishermen and farmers living hand to mouth.)
Beyond the obsession with roads, it seems like everyone under thirty thinks that any form of government is socialism. This is so staggeringly stupid it makes my head hurt.
The genius above, then came back to enlighten us that to him “I think” socialism was power to the government and crony capitalism was power to the corporations. Those were the only forms of government and we needed a bigger state to keep the corporations in check.
WHAT IN HELL ARE THE SCHOOLS TEACHING?
Crony capitalism often affects socialist governments, because the government controls so much it can give exemptions and benefits to large corporations. It is a creature of large government as much as socialism.
Corporations use government to destroy up-and-coming competitors, and governments use corporations because it’s easier to control the assets without owning them.
And there is a cure. The antidote is a government that is small, relatively powerless, and kept in check by its citizens.
Something, say, like our founders intended when they wrote the constitution.
Perhaps our young should learn about it, and why it was needed, instead of you know, getting their ideas about government from their profound and painful ignorance of history (“I think”) and the speeches of a fourth generation red diaper baby.
Nah, I know, that’s just crazy talk.