Thursday, May 11, 2006

Please allow me to introduce myself...

My name is Capitalist Pig, and that's exactly what I am. I am a believer in free trade, free markets, free association, free thought. When people are left alone and allowed to peacefully interact with each other, good things happen: Wealth is created, wars averted, families brought together, and productivity increased. Unfortunately, our government has other ideas. Rather than discussing the creation of wealth, they try to redistribute it, as though poverty can be cured by simply giving people money. The idea that productivity is involved in the aquisition of wealth is foriegn to our beloved leaders. You people need to understand something: Wealth is good. It brings with it options that are otherwise denied. Money is a tool, and the more tools you have the better off you are. A carpenter with only a hammer and a saw ain't much of a carpenter. It's easy to understand why our government is a little sqeamish when it comes to wealth creation; the more of it we have, the less we need them. Take a look around. Where do you see the most social unrest? You don't see a lot of rioting, looting, and burning on 5th Avenue, or Hyannisport, or Brentwood. Those people are too busy getting rich and figuring out how to keep their pile. When people are concentrating on making money, they very seldom have time to visit violence on their fellow men. That's a lesson, by the way. You people think on it and I'll get back to you.

THE MONARCHIST ADDS: Welcome aboard, Cap. Funny thing about human nature is that people with a lot to lose tend to behave in a manner best described as measured, and in their interest. People with nothing to lose act a little differently. No wonder the terrorists will do anything to impede Liberty; their existence is meaningless if people are free.

DANIEL WEBSTER ADDS: Thank you, Cap, for an enlightening and thought provoking post. Your statement: "a carpenter with only a hammer and saw is a poor carpenter," got me to thinking, and I ain't ashamed to admit that sometimes I need a shove in the right direction. If we apply the same principle to popular government we might say: "a voter possessing only the elective franchise and the choice of a couple poorly qualified candidates, ain't much of a voter." The lesson then, when applied to popular government, and correct me if I'm off base here, is that which we possess, really possess and own, determines to a great degree how effective we will be at our respective occupations. As owners of the elective franchise, by birth and natural right, it becomes us as good citizens to acquire ownership, real ownership through labor and industry, of a knowledge and understanding of human nature, history, the principles of government our forefathers founded this nation and her governing laws, institutions, and constitutions upon. Am I getting warm?

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