“Training Programs” of today, the “National Workshops”of Yesterday … ?

In Obama’s State of the Union address last night, there was something that stuck out to me: the beginning of so-called training programs to train people for employment (and put Biden in charge of it, so it’s obvious on how well it will go…)

But it’s not even the fact that Biden was placed in charge that called my attention to it, it was the similarity between another instance in history – which, as it so happens, didn’t work so well.

France during the 1840’s was a very turbulent place, and when the new “republic” had been formed, the socialists, primarily following Louis Blanc, began a government program of job training/labor-workforce, known as the National Workshops.

Soon, thousands had become part of these national workshops, the insignia of which, a golden bumble bee, could be seen all throughout Paris. By May 1848, the members of the National Workshops clocked in at about 100,000 persons (!) and there was fear of even bringing up it’s problems in the assembly (after all, violent mobs formed quickly in Paris during that era…)

Finally, due to monetary problems, the issue reached a climax. When there was over a hundred thousand persons on the rolls of the national workshops, increasing every day, and because the National Assembly had promised also to lower taxes, a crisis was brewing. Quoting from the excellent biography on Bastiat, “A Man Alone” when the National Workshops were being threatened:

“At the May 15th meeting of the assembly, the Assemblymen suddenly realized that the streets outside the chamber were more quiet than they had been since the new chamber of deputies had begun its meetings. The group of legislators realized that they were surrounded by something more than 20,000 men when the crowd at last revealed its approach with a single terrible shout.”

Now for the sake of brevity, I will sum up what happened May 15th 1848 – there was a riot of angry workmen at the National Assembly, worried that the Workshops would be dissolved. They had become dependent upon the wages, which the Assembly could no longer pay for, because the people demanded decreased taxes.

Bastiat’s words in the aftermath of the uprising:

Once we start from this idea, accepted by all our political theorists, and so energetically expressed by M. Louis Blanc in these words: “The motive force of society is the government”; once men consider themselves as sentient, but passive, incapable of improving themselves morally or materially by their own intelligence and energy, and reduced to expecting everything from the law; in a word, when they admit that their relation to the state is that of a flock of sheep to the shepherd, it is clear that the responsibility of the government is immense. . .

Thus, there is not a single ill afflicting the nation for which the government has not voluntarily made itself responsible. Is it astonishing, then, that each little twinge should be a cause of revolution?

I will leave you to consider the problems (besides Biden) of our own Training programs, should they ever become a reality. Is it the place of government ?

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Does “Censure” actually mean anything ?

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….I don’t think so.

Read here about McCain’s recent censure : http://news.yahoo.com/arizona-gop-censures-mccain-39-liberal-39-record-211326730–election.html

The only thing that will work is Arizona coming to it’s senses and elect someone better next time around.

This censure, although it can’t hurt, certainly won’t help.

Say what you will about his service to the country – it seems those who defend him must always resort to playing the service card because there is nothing else they can use to defend him. Perhaps it is a blunt statement, but I would venture to say that he has hurt our country more during his time in congress than he could have ever helped by being in the service.

He is the ultimate establishment republican – from the tea party’s point of view, a democrat – from a libertarian’s point of view, a raging statist.

But I don’t want to bash it too much – it is a step, though small – in the right direction.

Now if New York would slap Peter King on the wrist . . .

Seperation of the Economy and the State – First part !

(This post is too long to put in one post, so I will break it up over as many posts as necessary)

 Thousands constantly speak of how the church and their beliefs must be extracted from government and public places in order to comply with the supposed separation of church and state. They all want religion out of the schools, and to protect everyone from the supposed evils of modern religion.

Very well then, while most complain about Christmas trees in public squares, I complain about something that is very fatal to free markets and freedom overall – the dangerous and fatal association of the economy and the state.

In our nation we are quite divided on this, and it is obvious to any person with ears or eyes. There is the left wing and the right wing, and within those factions there is further division, in the left wing there are the socialists, liberals, communists, moderate democrats, and in the right wing there are the moderates, the conservatives, the tea party, the partisans, and so on.

They all yell and scream as loud as they can without any attempt at harmony or sense wanting their opinions to be heard. For instance, the left wing in America wants more spending on green programs, social programs, simply, increased spending. And the right wing, though they want less spending, still advocate the spending of other people’s money. (And you will note that the establishment republicans, though they speak of fiscal conservatism, are not willing to translate their words into actions – the establishment republicans are basically democrats…)

 And we find that there are completely unreasonable demands which originate from both factions, of equal strength, in a perpetually gridlocked and chaotic game of tug-of-war. Enough, you miserable creatures! Where is the order and better yet, where is the sense in all this?

I call upon everyone to set aside the tomfoolery of the political parties in favor of something much bigger and better. This will encompass setting aside petty politics that seem to be brought up when issues of great weight are discussed. (A huge sacrifice, it would seem…) Are those the same petty politics that will end up in the history of the world someday? No, the only question will be, did we allow liberty for all individuals?

So what does this have to do with the separation of the economy and the state? Everything.

The economy, which is nothing more than a network of production, labor, selling, and buying, best operates under conditions of freedom. God has given us a great amount of natural recourses, available to us, free of charge, with one condition; that we must labor upon these products which lay upon the Earth in abundant numbers. And in doing so we must overcome many “obstacles” – some of which are natural obstacles – and artificial obstacles which are created by us, such as government.

(The rest of my remarks will be concluded in the next post)

Stance on Common Core . . .

The new educational curriculum, called “Common Core” has caused a great amount of controversy over the past 12 months or so. Some think that it is a conspiracy, a program of the new world order, a way to dumb down the students and to collect massive amounts of data on them, and so on.

Still others think that it is only a poor new curriculum which, like many of their kind, attempt to fix the problem by putting more emphasis on the thing which caused the problem in the first place (ehem, standardized testing…)

Personally I am against the implementation of common core simply because the government wants it implemented. As a general rule, if government embraces something, the best thing for one to do is run away from it as quickly as possible. If governments support such a program, there can’t be any benefit for anyone but themselves.

One thing is for sure, it’s an issue that will affect state elections greatly…

One is an oblivious, loud talker …

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…arrogant and has no reason to be…and the other, is a character from a 1960’s sitcom.

In all seriousness, Obama has become more and more like Col. Klink. For instance, look here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZStaaVuxsgg

Obama, much like Klink, has no grip on what is going on in his administration – but likes to think he does. Like Klink, he thinks he is the smartest person around. I will grant that there are differences, but one has to admit, give Obama a monocle and you’ve got it.

Welcome to the Big Blog of Justice and Freedom . . . !

Hello…and Welcome to the big blog of Liberty and Justice!

 I have been putting off publishing one of these for a long while. Finally I have given into creating a blog.

Here you will find all my thoughts on politics and economics, everything about stuff that actually matters.

I support only the doctrine of Liberty, which happens to be the greatest political and economic doctrine there is. It’s also the simplest – it does not rely upon whims of politicians and whatever laws they may come up with. It only relies upon the freedom and the personal responsibility of the individual.

If it so happens that an opinion of mine happens to echo the platform of a certain political party, it is merely by coincidence. I will avoid, at all times, giving any sort of support to the American political parties. If we are ever to fix our problems, dissolving the political parties – and perhaps the government – would be a fine start.

If I ever start pulling out talking points and plastering them across these pages, by all means, electroshock me back to reality.

So please, feel free to contact me at the forum provided at the blog, if you have any questions or comments. Now let’s restore liberty and free markets to the entire world!