There is quite a bit that we don’t know [about climate change] so you might want to gulp down an extra bit of oxygen before starting the next sentence. First, we don’t know that climate change is even happening; in the next instance, we don’t know whether it would be a bad thing or a good thing if it were, for it is quite possible that we will like it when Iceland is famous for her white wines; in the third place, we don’t know, if it is happening and if it is bad, that we, as in we humans, are in any way responsible for it, another possible culprit being the flaming hot ball of fire in the sky; and fourth, we don’t know that anything can be done about it.—
However, one thing we can be pretty sure of is that if it is happening, and if it is bad, and if we are causing it, and if we can reverse it, then the last people on earth we should entrust with the responsibility of reversing it would be those statist functionaries who are clamoring for more power in the name of climate change. I would rather die in a rising ocean of inconvenient truths than to pass out the rest of my days smelting our old toothpaste tubes before an important bureaucrat in that big office building across the continent says that it is safe to throw them away.
The people who brought you trillion dollar deficits, the government education system, the spiraling chaos of Middle East politics, the roll-out of Obamacare, departments of motor vehicles everywhere, and a Federal Reserve honeycombed with crony capitalists, are now asking, on the basis of their record, a record that looks like the trail left by an F-5 tornado, to be put in charge of the weather.
And so I am afraid that if you take longer than a couple seconds to think about whether to be against this galloping folly, then you are a worthy recipient of everything you are about to get.
It is more important…to release the creative energy of individuals than to devise further machinery for ‘guiding’ and ‘directing’ them—to create conditions favorable to progress rather than to ‘plan progress.’ (261)— F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
We shall never prevent the abuse of power if we are not prepared to limit power in a way which occasionally may also prevent its use for desirable purposes. (258)— F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
No democracy has ever worked well without a great measure of local self-government, providing a school of political training for the people at large as much as for their future leaders. It is only where responsibility can be learned and practiced in affairs with which most people are familiar, where it is the awareness of one’s neighbor rather than some theoretical knowledge of the needs of other people which guides action, that the ordinary man can take a real part in public affairs because they concern the world he knows. Where the scope of the political measures becomes so large that the necessary knowledge is almost exclusively possessed by the bureaucracy, the creative impulses of the private person must flag. (258)— F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
To undertake the direction of the economic life of people with widely divergent ideals and values is to assume responsibilities which commit one to the use of force; it is to assume a position where the best intentions cannot prevent one from being forced to act in a way which to some of those affected must appear highly immoral. (244-5)— F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
California requires all chefs and bartender to use gloves…in the name of cleanliness.
"One by one, we’ll take away all your freedom through regulation." - Progressives
Idk about bartenders and waitresses… But anyone preparing food needs gloves.
Rubber gloves are an insult to culinary chefs who have been preparing food for generations without them.
Anyone who demands that food preparers wear gloves has never paid attention to anyone with gloves on before, during, and after that person prepares food.
Side note: in hospitals, when doctors and nurses prepare for an extremely delicate procedure, they often don’t wear gloves. Why? Because their hands can get just as clean (who knows who else has touched those gloves?!) and gloves introduce opportunities for failure (tearing, poor grip, etc.).
Emphasis added. As the interviewer wonders aloud how long it will be before the state requires Californians to wear gloves while preparing food in their own kitchens? You may think this should be a rhetorical question, but the steadily encroaching soft totalitarianism that the left embraces shows that it’s not.
One has only to visualize the problems raised by economic planning of even an area such as western Europe to see that the moral bases for such an undertaking are completely lacking. Who imagines that there exist any common ideals of distributive justice such as will make the Norwegian fisherman consent to forego the prospect of economic improvement in order to help his Portuguese fellow, or the Dutch worker to pay more for his bicycle to help the Coventry mechanic, or the French peasant to pay more taxes to assist the industrialization of Italy? If most people are not willing to see the difficulty, this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously, they assume that it will be they who will settle these questions for the others, and because they are convinced of their own capacity to do this justly and equitably. (243)—
F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
"If most people are not willing to see the difficulty, this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously, they assume that it will be they who will settle these questions for the others."
Modern liberalism, FTW.
During the “fiscal cliff” negotiations that Congress and the media made sound so tough—as if every last penny were pinched—Congress still managed to slip in plenty of special deals for cronies.—
NASCAR got $70 million for new racetracks.
Algae growers got $60 million.
Hollywood film producers got a $430 million tax break.
When America’s going broke, how do moviemakers get a special break? By lobbying for it. […]
Because of government’s favor-granting, Washington, D.C., is now the place where the well-connected go to get rich. For the first time in history, six of the richest counties in the U.S. surround D.C. When a small group of people gets to dispense $3.6 trillion and set rules that can help or kill your idea, you want to suck up to them.
As long as government has the power to grant favors, cronies and their lobbyists will seek those favors out.
The privileged win. The people lose.
John Stossel, “All Animals Are Equal, But Politicians’ Cronies Are More Equal Than Others" (via The Free Lioness)
If government didn’t have the authority to dish out favors and trade in influence, it wouldn’t dish out favors and trade in influence. The answer to corruption, bloat, and lobbying is to reduce the size and scope of government.