Saturday, June 11, 2011

No ability and no right

One of the tenets of the modern American liberal belief system is that the broad sociological and economic improvements can be achieved through scientific means. Therefore, a highly advanced thinker can, by the power of their superior intellectual capabilities, devise a strategy that will change society for the better. You can see this in action when tax credits are implemented for certain types of activity, like using solar energy. You can also see it when government agencies decide the content of school curricula.

Government agencies are made up (for now at least) of a minority of our population. Yet they make decisions that affect people of every walk of life. Modern American liberalism is content with this, since those agencies are made up of specialists, who presumably know more about their field than the rest of us. For a liberal, that superior knowledge gives them the authority to make those decisions.

The reality is, though, that the men and women who make up those agencies cannot possibly possess enough knowledge to surpass the population at large. The citizenry has, collectively, the benefit of its full experience and knowledge. Therefore, citizens make far more productive decisions and make far better choices than government agents.

Government agencies have no right to favor certain industries with subsidies, and penalize others with additional taxes. They do it anyway ... and we can see the entirely predictable results: anemic growth across broad swaths of our economy.

Except for the government agencies.

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