Sunday, January 29, 2017

They dream of a high central tower directing and simplifying

Do you want someone to direct your life? God how I wish someone would come and direct my life. I just don't know what the heck I'm doing! For those who want to be directed, there are others, who call themselves progressives, who dream of directing your life. They dream of a day when you'll stop using the ballot box to vote for leadership, and start using the ballot box to start voting for dictatorship. It's true, they've written it. In his 1922 pamphlet "The Challenge of Waste", Stuart Chase (who would later serve as an adviser for President FDR) wrote the following: (Page 25)
If it can be shown that the various elements of waste outlined herein aggregate more than 50 per cent of the total labor power of America (with corresponding waste in raw materials) it follows relentlessly that the elimination of that waste would double the capacity of the country to make sound goods and services — goods which really mean the satisfaction of human wants. And this would operate to banish poverty, to raise the last family above the line of the minimum budget, and at the same time to provide for moderate luxuries and comforts, and a reasonably wide range of income levels.

That is the challenge which the problem of waste presents to those of us who dream of a high central tower directing and simplifying the economic destinies of men.

"The more the planning fails, the more the planners plan." - Ronald Reagan

Yes but Chase doesn't want an actual dictatorship! He just wants to control things. Not people!

Yeah, well, governments don't control things. A government can't control the economy without controlling people. And when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose.

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