How to Improve Society | Jeffrey A. Tucker

Dec. 02, 2010

When you go to the market, you can buy whatever food you want, whatever products you want, whatever you want. It doesn't matter what other people want, it doesn't matter if someone else wants to chug down aspartame, you can get your organic food or whatever at a reasonable price. So long as there is a market for products, entrepreneurs will provide them.

Compare that to government.

The only influence we theoretically have in government is through voting. When you go to vote, it doesn't matter what you vote for, the person who is elected gives you what *they* want, not what *you* want.

Voting for a politician is like going to the store and having a stranger fill your cart with goods you don't want, all supposedly to "help" you. Every time you go, half the time you get nothing you want, if you want actual freedom, every time you get nothing you want.

Government provides no one with anything, it's a coercive monopoly producer which produces only poverty and death.

They traffic in stolen goods and give handouts to whoever will help prop up the regime, whether that's the dependent pleb class or the corporate welfare parasites.

They launch wars against everything under the sun to justify their existence, whether it be the war on terror or poverty or drugs or whatever other excuse they give.

They don't solve any of the problems, they create them and turn things into problems where there are none, but that's not the point, they get more power and they get more fake legitimacy with every new war so they can expropriate more wealth and exercise more raw power over others to satisfy their power lust.

Which institution would you rather organize a society around?

The guns of government or the voluntary mutually beneficial exchanges of the market?

I know which I want. - Chris, InfoLib

Presented by Jeff Tucker at "Economics in One Lesson: A Seminar for High School Students," 19 November 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. Sponsored by Anastasia Thiele.

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