I know it has been so long since I posted anything on this you might have thought I had forgotten. No, not really, just with the election, life, and everything else going on, it just hasn’t been one of my top priorities. If you need a quick review on parts I and II go ahead, then we can get into this part. You can get them here : Part I. and Part II.
Okay, excellent. We will move right on to the next section The Complete Perversion of the Law.
Would anyone be able to successfully argue without resulting to double speak and cheap tricks (not the band) to show the law has not been perverted in America over the last several hundred years? I think not. But what Frederic is pointing out in this section is that the law has been used in opposition to what is was supposed to be protecting. Those who make or execute the law have used it to not protect the rights of all, but to remove rights from others to protect greater others. It has made the taking of things a protected item rather than the defense of such a right. He let us know two things have caused this greed and false philanthropy, and by false philanthropy he really means the welfare state or entitlements. Now it starts to get interesting.
He touches on the Fatal Tendency of Mankind in his next section before moving to the meat. In it he states that man, to a man, would rather live off the work of others than do that work himself. He is not condemning, merely stating a fact. Man wants the most gain with the smallest amount of pain. It is the reason star athletes dope…to get ahead without the work, or the reason people conduct insider trading, or take a shortcut, maximize gain, minimize output. Very simple, very true, and very dangerous. He expands this thought in his next section.
Property and Plunder
Man can live two ways, the fruits of his own hard labor which is the origin of property or seizing the property of others, engaging in plunder. Guess which one is easier. He tells us that plunder, thievery as it were, will only stop when it becomes more dangerous and has less of a payout than does working for your own things. Law is what is supposed to encourage this, but law is made by men, and men want to avoid pain. Circular thinking here maybe? Not so much, but here comes the thought…the person that now make the law, the legislator, uses it to take independence, property, and liberty from some and deliver it to either the legislator directly or those who can give the legislator more power, allowing him to take more from a larger group of people and give it away which gives him more power and so on and so forth. Basically, those in charge are using the law as a shield to keep themselves in power, regardless of the wreckage it causes or how twisted it becomes getting and keeping them and those like them in charge.
Really, that is what our politicians have done. They divide the money and provide the pork to their districts, having first taken it from the people at large to deliver it to a smaller section of people under the guise of “common good” or “societal good”, “economic recovery”, etc. This is nothing new. Passage of the Tax Amendment in the early twentieth century, the more liberal application of eminent domain, etc. Think about how the law has stopped protecting you and has been used to instead protect those who say they are looking out for your best interests. Is there any other reason other than the laws in place that keep incumbents in office most of the time, well the laws that favor them and voter apathy. I may touch on that here soon to.