I had a very good weekend.
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I'm a diehard fan of death metal, stalwart Anarcho-Capitalist and Libertarian, connoisseur of horror/exploitation/sci-fi films, comic books, and sarcasm.
I saw a post wanting Obama to be king. No joke.
“HOORAY MORE WARS, MORE VIOLATION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES, MORE AMERICANS ASSASSINATED, MORE STATISM, MORE COERCIVE TAXATION, MORE GOVERNMENT!!!”
Gonna go puke. Brb.
“He didn’t invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?”
“Rearden. He didn’t invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldn’t have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think it’s his? Why does he think it’s his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody ever invents anything.”
She said, puzzled, “But the iron ore and all those other things were there all the time. Why didn’t anybody else make that Metal, but Mr. Rearden did?”
“But, HOW WILL THE ROADS WORK?!?!?!? WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!”
Damned if I know. It ain’t mine to fret about, not because I don’t want roads, but because I’m not the one who will be making and maintaining them. The problem with collectivists is that they have such a fetish for micromanaging everything that they think they neeeeeeeeeeeeeed to know every detail about how something will work. It never occurs to them that it isn’t that way now. Here is statist logic as applied to lunch: “How can I be sure someone will make me a sandwich for my lunch? I neeeeeeeeed lunch! How will they get the grain to make the bread? How will they transport it? Who will pay for the building and equipment to make bread? What if they make bad bread? What if they charge $1000 for one sandwich? What if they decide not to bother selling sandwiches anywhere near me? I neeeeeeeeed lunch! What if they just do nothing??!?!? I’ll die!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!”
As idiotic as this is, it is precisely the same logic that statist have regarding the concept of roads without the omnipotent state running the show. (“What if no one makes roads? What if they charge too much? What if they don’t make a road for me? …”) What if you get a grip and stop pretending the world should be, or could be micromanaged?
The usual result of collectivist crises such as this is to advocate state coercion to solve the problem. Trouble is, it never solves the problem, it removes the incentives to do the job well, and it is immoral. (Other than that, it’s a good idea.)