Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

"Capitalism is the belief that nobody is wise enough and knows enough to control the lives of other people.  When each person buys, sells, consumes, produces, saves and spends at will, 'the miracle of the market' enables everyone to benefit."

                                                      Perry Gresham

So then why would people want to order things to restrict a market's ability to benefit everyone?  Why are there people who DO THINK they can do better for us than we can do for ourselves?  The answer:   control.

Of course, in order to so structure society, they must create offices and officers, regulations and regulators, laws and legal administrators, orders and those who order, a multiplicity of fees and taxes and a multiplicity of fee and tax collectors.  This places a burden not only on the economy of a society, but its social structure. 

IT MAKES LIFE MORE DIFFICULT FOR EVERYONE.  AND LESS FREE.

But then, all said, that is the point isn't it?

Thomas Jefferson said it best in the Declaration of Independence.  In his list (the colonists' list) of complaints against an oppressive king, whose desires and oppressions were FAR LESS than what we experience now from our "republican* government," was this phrase:

"He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance."

Is that, or is that not, where we find ourselves today?

* When I say "republican" obviously I do not mean a political party.  We have a Constitutional republic in this country, based on the rule of law.  Methinks and mefears it is fast disappearing.

 

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Rainer
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Jay, it's all because of greed for power and money.  It's why democracy doesn't work the same as intended either.  Once our county's bureaucratic structure became so vast that direct communication between leaders and the people was no longer practical, people's accountability to each other disappeared, and people began to succomb to their baser instincts such as greed.  It's so sad to see good people ruined by the lust for money and power.

Nov 30, 2010 12:43 AM #1
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Jay Markanich
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We don't have a democracy here Wende, we have a Constitutional republican form of government based on the rule of law.  When people in power can write whatever law they wish, as you say, without accountability, it isn't the fomenters of such policies that are ruined, it is the people onto whom all that is foisted.  We the people are being ruined by the lust for money and power.

Nov 30, 2010 01:06 AM #2
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Susan Haughton
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The government depends on the people to stay asleep and continue to send the "same ole, same old" parties back to their seats of power;  of course, when nearly half the citizens of this country pay no income tax, and you have an administration whose stated goal is to redistribute the wealth, well, it is a recipe for disaster for any republic.  Now, with S.bill 510 looming, Kissinger's comment "control the food, control the people" sounds ever more ominous.

Nov 30, 2010 01:26 AM #3
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Jay, I agree with your Post as well your and Susan's comments. What some people see as a Nanny state of the government"looking out for us" from cradle to grave is really nothing more then sacrificing our individual rights.

Nov 30, 2010 01:48 AM #4
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Keith Vermilyea
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Susan is correct about the people falling asleep at the wheel.  This past election provides some hope that people are starting to wake up and realize the republic is in jeopardy.  The well being of this great country is the responsibility of the people, not the politicians.

Nov 30, 2010 01:51 AM #5
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Good morning Jay. Much of the concept of Capitalism is based on greed and folks misconception that they must have something that they really don't want or need...

Nov 30, 2010 02:17 AM #6
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Don MacLean
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Unfortunately the more control one (or the government) person has the worse off the masses are.

The people are slowly losing footing over what is theirs.

Where is my crate off tea, it's time

Enjoy the day

 

Nov 30, 2010 05:04 AM #7
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Jay,

This is one of your best quotes and expansion upon it to date. Brilliant. :)

Steve

Nov 30, 2010 05:34 AM #8
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Jay Markanich
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Susan - my example is that water is being taken from one end of the pool and being poured into the other end.  Nothing really happens.  And I thought it was Stalin who said that

Bob - it is ALWAYS at the expense of our individual rights.  There can be no other path.

Keith - and then I hear today that the people who were voted in (and kept in) by those many complainers have not gotten the message.  "We need to work together," rather than, "We need to stop this mess in its tracks."

Nov 30, 2010 06:23 AM #9
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Jay Markanich
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Michael - mebegs to differ.  Truly practiced capitalism can have no part in greed.  Self interest maybe, but not greed.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1959360/jay-s-tuesday-free-enterprise-quote

But I agree entirely with your misconception part!

Don - you are right about that.  I can bring the face paint.

Thanks Steve.  Freedom can be had no other way.  Control ain't freedom.

And freedom doesn't mean you can do anything you want.  Hence the "rule of law" part.

Nov 30, 2010 06:25 AM #10
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That is an interesting perspective. I never could stand to be baby sat. I guess that is why I am a free spirit Jay!

Dec 01, 2010 01:26 AM #11
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Jay,

Congratulations. This is now featured in "The Law Of The Land." :)

Steve

Dec 01, 2010 02:13 AM #12
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Steve Hoffacker
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Jay,

Congratulations. This great post is now featured in "Celebrating Free Enterprise." :)

Steve

Dec 01, 2010 02:16 AM #13
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Paul!  I am glad you find it interesting and that you are a free spirit!

Just don't change your name to World B. Free...     ;>)

Thanks Steve!  Wow, two features on one post!  Is that a record?

Dec 01, 2010 09:23 AM #14
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Capitalism is as close to perfect as we have found... and beats the hell out of a regulated and managed economy.

Dec 01, 2010 02:42 PM #15
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Jay Markanich
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Lane - capitalism is the only economic system ever employed that has produced vibrancy, growth and an improved standard of living for the greatest number of people.  Others might improve the lives of a select few, but the majority of the populace lives in fear and rags.

Dec 01, 2010 09:53 PM #16
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