Yesterday was April 1st. April Fools Day. The day where people seek to play practical jokes on their family and friends. Not just on social media, either. Even large companies are joining in on the act. While many of these jokes are in good fun, there is a much more insidious trick being perpetrated. It’s a lie that’s been pushed onto humanity by elitists and intellectuals for the better part of history. It is the lie upon which ALL government, particularly democratic government, is founded.
According to a new article from Mike Adams, this big lie is “the idea that those who are in power will represent the interests of others who have no power.”
I know it sounds cynical. We are taught from a young age to instinctively trust and rely on the government. We learn that these great men and women always operate with the American people’s best interests in mind. These are, after all, selfless public servants. Even when politicians and bureaucrats design and enact policies that create disastrous consequences, we are told to not question their motives. Instead, we are told to blame “greedy businesses” or some other such boogeyman.
Adams demolishes this argument:
Somehow, we are led to believe, those who win elections are “serving their nation,” not leveraging power for their own selfish aims. Politicians even use this language themselves, claiming they are running for office in the hopes of “serving their country” but never serving their own insatiable appetite for power. Bureaucrats, as a rule of thumb, don’t serve their nations… they exploit national power to serve their own self interests.
Our dear leaders don’t just exploit the power they have, they are constantly seeking to expand it. Rothbard argued that the State is expansionist by nature. That is definitely being borne out in reality. The size and scope of government enlarges year over year as automatic budget increases are baked into the legislation itself. Even now, as the U.S. national debt extends past the twenty trillion mark and our unfunded liabilities add tens of trillions more to it, no one seems to care about reining in the federal government.
Adams does offer several “radical reforms” that attempt to reverse this course, among which are term limits and instant runoff voting.
One idea is that taxpayers would get to decide where their tax dollars get spent. I like this idea from the perspective that it allows for individuals to be able to choose to fund the programs they support. If I could choose, for example, that not a single penny of my tax dollars goes to funding an immoral war, that’d be great. The problem here is two-fold: first, no individual has enough knowledge about enough subjects for this system to be very efficient and two, it takes for granted the coercive nature of taxation.
Another idea is to enact a lifelong ban on federal regulators working for private businesses in the industries they regulate. He argues that this would end the “revolving door of corruption” that exists when, for example, the FDA is made up of former and future Monsanto executives. That is clearly a huge problem, though I’m not necessarily comfortable with a lifelong ban on a person’s employment as the way to solve the issue. A better way to address this is to hold individuals in government to the same liability standards of private citizens.
The last idea he has is to eliminate the Congress and allow the American people to vote directly on proposed laws. Adams rightly asserts that this idea is dangerous. He claims that the reason this idea couldn’t work is that for direct democracy to function, the system would require some sort of basic IQ or comprehension test in order to qualify to vote. These barriers would be vehemently opposed on the left because it would eliminate a large portion of their voter base.
It is true that the push to abolish the electoral college in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s presidential defeat show a clear desire on the left towards direct democracy. What I don’t see is any reason to expect that system would include the types of poll barriers envisioned by Adams. Much more likely is that the establishment, through their media propaganda and government schools, continue to indoctrinate the masses into supporting their destructive political agendas. Until more Americans understand that their elected representatives don’t have their best interests at heart and are only seeking to use political power to enrich themselves and their cronies, I don’t expect significant changes any time soon.