I love quotes. I have a very large collection of quotes, some of which I have even published in The Big Page of Quotations on this blog. It’s a work in progress and I update that page intermittently. Here I present to you a few quotes that I had tweeted.
I think the popular belief is that governments are like doctors with respect to economies; doctors heal the sick but are not responsible for the disease, and governments can fix the economy but are not responsible for the economic problems. But governments are not like doctors at all; they cause the economic diseases nations suffer, and their interventions actually make things worse.
It’s like the practise of blood-letting by doctors before the advent of modern medical practices — all it did was only to make the patient sicker. Buddha’s injunction was “First do no harm.” That applies to us all, and especially so when it comes to those in government. The recent indiscriminate Covid-19 lockdowns by governments is the 21st century equivalent of blood-letting.
It’s estimated that the government-imposed lockdowns would eventually result in around 130 million additional deaths, most of them among the extremely poor in really poor countries like India. Let’s put that 130 million in perspective. The First World War killed an estimated 28 million; the Second World War, the deadliest conflict in history, killed 85 million (upper limit estimate.) The combined total of the two world wars is 113 million, give or take a few million. That means that the lockdowns — not the disease — but the lockdowns would eventually kill more than the two world wars did.
And yet people think that governments are good for humanity. I am forced to conclude that the only thing the goverment is guaranteed to be good at is in mass killing. It doesn’t matter what kind — Fascist, Nazi, Communist, Democratic, Republican — every kind of government kills and the bigger the state, the larger the government, and the greater the numbers killed.
The Indian government has the blood of tens of millions on its hands. Will the politicians and bureaucrats pay for the crimes? Not at all. They will be celebrated for their “bold” decisions, while the poor will pay with their lives. It’s totally sickening.
The celebrated author of Democracy in America, published in 1835 and 1840, Tocqueville was brilliant in his analysis of governments and democracy. Here’s a bit from the wiki entry about that book:
Tocqueville speculates on the future of democracy in the United States, discussing possible threats to democracy and possible dangers of democracy. These include his belief that democracy has a tendency to degenerate into “soft despotism” as well as the risk of developing a tyranny of the majority. …
Tocqueville also outlines the possible excesses of passion for equality among men, foreshadowing the totalitarian states of the twentieth century.
Insightful analysis of political society was supplemented in the second volume by description of civil society as a sphere of private and civilian affairs, mirroring Hegel.
Tocqueville observed that social mechanisms have paradoxes, as in what later became known as the Tocqueville effect: “social frustration increases as social conditions improve”. He wrote that this growing hatred of social privilege, as social conditions improve, leads to the state concentrating more power to itself.
I have the two volumes of the Liberty Fund edition of Democracy in my library.
The bigger the government, the more tyranny the people will suffer. It’s inevitable although it proceeds in small steps. The US is an illustrative example. After the American Revolution, the newly-formed US government was small. The US government did not engage in global warfare. Now it is huge and is involved in perennial global wars. Which is why I am in favor of small states. Small states have to have small governments and therefore they don’t start wars in far away lands. Switzerland, for instance, would not get into the business of “bringing democracy to the Middle-east” or “destroying Iraq’s WMD.”
Our reasoning faculty has provided us with great advantages that come with advances in science and technology. Paradoxically it appears that the average person is getting less reasonable. The age of reason appears to be receding. We witnessed the insanity of the “black lives matter” people recently. It is clear that those people are clinically certifiable retards. Let Thomas Sowell have the last word on that matter.
Anyway, this is a AMA. So what’s on your mind?