It is easy to lose sight of the good when evil surrounds us. It is even difficult to rejoice for a warm summer day if you are dying of cancer, living in serious pain, or so many other things common in ordinary life. Yet, remembering the good times, the blessings, the joys are a large part of what makes life worth living for most of us, I’d wager.
So, rather than our usual rants against all of the “worst” things going on all over the world, it might be good to look at the best instead. Unfortunately, that list is smaller and poorer than it might be without all the evil of non-voluntary government and individuals who dedicate their lives to controlling others, but let’s see what I can come up with. I invite you to add to it in comments!
Life and health. Even though the naysayers and controllers attempt to deduct from this positive the number of suicides and deaths from destructive behaviors such as drug use, the actual lifespan and health of people in the world otherwise is getting better in many ways. There are far fewer people in the world living in abject poverty (of course, one must be skeptical of some of the criteria used to measure this).
More people are starting to take at least some control over their own health. Trust in doctors, hospitals and other “health care” options has been dropping almost as fast as the trust people in general have of either “news” media or even politicians. It is difficult for many people to see that this declining level of trust is a GOOD thing because they have been taught all of their lives that they can’t make good choices or decisions without some sort of “expert,” especially some government approved or regulated expert.
The market is moving toward freedom in a few areas, while the black/gray market continues to thrive. All of the efforts of the non-voluntary government to “control” or prohibit various commodities continue to damage everyone, but there are glimmers of hope in some places and with some products. Cannabis is certainly one of them, and it is a mystery why some of the places where that market is reviving happen also to be the most irrational control states otherwise, but I believe that this also shall pass.
I predicted at least five years ago that the economy of the entire country, indeed, the world would have collapsed by now, so I am very happy to have been wrong. Not that it can’t… or won’t, just can’t be reliably predicted – even by the economists at von Mises. But they do understand the history, and track the trends very well.
America, and indeed the world, dodged the fatal destruction that Hillary Clinton would have brought to both individual liberty and the economy in general, but subsequent events and other politicians should be clear proof to everyone that there are no “right people” to elect to rule us. Unfortunately, few seem to grasp this elemental fact.
And so, we have to take at least a look at the bad. And that actually covers most people everywhere, and for far too many people reflects the reason for their choices and actions.
The desire/compulsion to control the lives and property of others is the ROOT of all evil. All of the evil: hate, wars, theft, murder and lies come from this. All of the race, gender and sex “political correctness” insanity is based on controlling other people. Politics is just another name for the control others game – that always destroys individual liberty.
Controlling oneself, being responsible for oneself and family, living in voluntary association and cooperation with others, and rejecting the idea that one can or should control others… that would seem to me to be a wonderful goal for the future of individual liberty and prosperity.
What do you think about all this?