Laying to rest (slavery)

In this post, I am permanently laying to rest, this argument used by #communists to prove that in capitalism, people are not free, capitalism is slavery: namely

Even though there is freedom of association, meaning that one is free to apply for any job one wishes; according to desperate communists, the need to get a job in order to survive (be able to make rent, buy food), means one is not free, to live as one would want to, rather one is a slave and #capitalism is all about #slavery

They know perfectly well, that people still need shelter from the weather and they need food to survive, so if YOU won’t work for those, somebody has to: houses don’t appear as if by magic, you know, similar to food in the shops, including the shops themselves, those have to be built and farmers must grow food, for it to appear in the builtshops.
And, not to forget, people need to #transport the goods from the #farm to the #shop, if those transporters would like to be able to not carry the produce on their backs, they will need trucks. Those trucks have to be built in a factory, using tools that have to be built in a factory, using stuff (resources) extracted from the ground (eg iron ore, clay for bricks) or from nature (wood, sharpened rocks), by people, using other tools that have to be…..
So if you were to get everything for free, someone else has to pay for it. And don’t say “the state will provide”, because the state only steals from people doing actual work.

So it is just your typical comment bait by frustrated commie #HowlerMonkeys

Who will license drivers?

Since handing out driver’s licenses is clearly not one of government’s tasks, (driver’s licensing has little to do with owning the road), in a stateless society the only interested party would handle driver’s licensing: insurance companies. After all, if someone can’t drive, they probably cause lots of accidents costing the insurance company lots of money; causing them to demand proof of skill before they grant a driver’s license. (Translated from the official Dutch title, literally “evidence of driving skill”).
Hold on, one might say: wouldn’t a rich guy just drive without insurance and expevt to pay for any damages he causes out of pocket? (Perhaps injuring or killing people)
Well: in a stateless society the wealth would likely be distributed more evenly, because the opportunities to become rich would be equalized: there would be no ridiculous licensing requirements to open a business anywhere, no crony capitalism (see (1) below).
But apart from the fact that everybody would be more or less equally rich:
Some road owners (remember: businesses may run an access road to their business to get customers to be able to reach them), will refuse such drivers access to their roads, making their car useless, as well as harmless.
This is another balancing check to ensure that people actually pass driver’s exams before they go on a drive.
This will ensure sufficiently high standards for safe road conditions. And those standards will not be set ridiculously high, or nobody will pass their exams, meaning that THAT insurance company will not be able to sell car insurance, if only because nobody will try to buy it from THEM, they will seek out a different insurance company, that may have slightly higher rates because actually selling insurance would mean they occasionally have to pay out, raising costs, which will have to be paid by consumers.
This will see to it, that it will not be unduly difficult to pass a driving exam.

(1): this does not mean that in stateless society there would be heavy industry in rural housing communities, polluting the heck out of the neighbours: because, once again, interested parties (the neighbours), would object to having their interests harmed, by noisy, smelly petro-industry, noisy, hazardous big rigs driving to and fro, carrying heavy cargo.

In short, the current situation, where the government owns the roads and grants (ocasionally) driver’s licenses, is wrong on so many counts, that it is just another reason to embrace statelessness: the government does get a lot of its loot from taxing driving/car sales/ownership and not spending that money on building enough roads, but still they are not strongly incentivised to pass standards of decency on their monopolist driver’s licensing agency because being a totalitarian dictatorship, they can raise taxes on whatever they want, and still get their money from the citizenry.

While it’s  true that the Dutch CBR, Central Bureau for Driver’s Licensing (yes, comrsde, thst is its actual name), is a private business, they are not a true market operator, because they have a government monopoly, and follow government’s rules, so they are as close to a government agency as it gets, without strictly legally being one. Being the government that makes and changes the laws, has its perks.

Inspired by Bastiat’s The Law (property)

Inspired by #Bastiat’s The Law: without property rights there is no #freedom. One is entirely enslaved to the whims of one’s fellow man who “co-owns” all the #resources, and it can easily be said that because there is little likelyhood that the immediate #desires of another man are so in sync with one’s own future desires (which require investment – not consumption of resources, postponement of gratification & personal sacrifice) the development of society will be delayed if not cancelled/arrested. How could anything ever have been mass #produced (affordably made available to the #masses) without #property?

Property granting man the freedom to live life to its fullest.

Why does capitalism work better than socialism?

Socialism, being dictatorial, lets evertyhing (it’s always totalitarian) be decided by one person, unlike capitalism, which lets everything get decided by the market, which consists of millions of “one person”s. So, yes, capitalism is more social.

And anarchism, with its zero rulers, is the most social and democratic of all.

Why is money better (easier) than barter?

Occassionally, you hear people complain about money, (“unnatural”; “root of all evil” etc.). There are even, small communes where people experiment with #barter economies. Barter is fine, when you have a simple society, and a simple market.

But, for (say) the production of a television, barter does not suffice. Think: what makes up a television? Oil (for the plastics), sand (for the silicon), copper (for the wiring inside, and for the power cable), those bits require  purchasing from very different people/corporations, in differing quantities, and at different prices. Try to account for that (and for the wages for the #workers involved, in all stages of #production.) in the list price.

“The labour required to drill for oil cost me, the oil baron,  all of 10 chickens (which means I have to acquire chickens from somewhere, before I can drill for oil: barter-banking with livestock? Let’s not go there.)” (leaving out the wear and tear on machinery, their depreciation)

“And I, the plastics manufacturer, will end up paying the oil company 10 chickens, for the resource I need for my product), my labour force is made up of vegetarians, so I can’t pay them with chickens, and raw unprocessed plastics won’t work either: what use do they have for that?  instead I paid them in lettuce. Where I got the lettuce is a whole other complication, let’s skip that for now (I need to pay my workers on time, so I can’t always wait until my plastics have all been used by the next manufacturer in the chain. Besides that, a next manufacturer makes TV sets, how many does a person need? Or how many can they store in their house? And how did they pay for that house? Did they build it themselves? And where did they get the bricks etc? 

Sometimes my resurces get bought up by a toy maker, or by the makers of park benches/garden furniture (which is particularly useless in high rise buildings).

Talking about appartment buildings (high rise): how would those be paid/built in a barter #economy? (or in the Soviet Union)
Etc, but you get the idea

In naam van de planeet, stop het OV te subsidiëren

De lege bussen en treinen (en trams) die maar blijven rondrijden, verstoken veel teveel energie, klaarblijkelijk zonder enig ander doel dan energie te verstoken (en geld te kosten).
Dit is mogelijk, omdat ze van gestolen geld worden betaald (oftewel: onder dwang gesubsidieerd door een onwillende bevolking). Indien ze op eigen kracht zouden moeten blijven,drijven, dan scheelt dat enorm veel CO2-uitstoot, iets wat de overheid zegt te willen bewerkstelligen. Indien het OV alleen zou rijden op nomenten da er vraag naar was, zou dat een zegen zijn voor het milieu.
Daarom: schaf die subsidies af!

Tijd voor #vooruitgang ipv #stilstand

Zojuist (28 april 2017) deze brief gestuurd aan, daar zullen ze vast gewoontegetrouw niets mee doen, maar ik gun ze niet de rust om niet wakkergeschud te worden. Je wilt de baas spelen? Nou, dan zul je het horen ook.

Ik besta nu al krap 4 decennia: in die 4 levensdecennia, is mijn meest voorkomende herinnering die van: #file, #file, #file. En de dag erna weer: #file, #file, #file. En later die dag het gezanik van #links: “Openbaar #Vervoer!” en dat oneindig herhalend. We kunnen gerust aannemen dat het al ruim bezig was vóór mijn geboorte, dus spreek gerust van een halve eeuw, waarin het eeuwige gezanik niet heeft geholpen! #50jaar! Dat zijn 50*365=18250(!) dagen, waarin de #overheid heeft geweigerd zich van haar taak te kwijten. Als je menens bent om het #klimaatgezeur, dan probeer je de files op te lossen. #Klaver heeft alweer aangegeven dat in het geheel niet te willen: zijn #progressieve keeltje heeft alweer uitgekweeld dat hij absoluut niets wil veranderen, en heeft weer heel modieus-links geroepen, over… het openbaar vervoer. En de #SP is net zo progressief, heeft weer opgerakeld dat meer asfalt meer verkeer en dus meer files aanlokt. Mijn voorstel: probeer het eens! Na al die decennia waarin de burger voor het hoofd is gestoten door jullie arrogante & sadistische weigering je werk te doen. Laat het dan over aan mensen die daar wel toe bereid zijn! Trek dus je handen van het vervoer af en laat #marktinstellingen het oplossen. #Deprivatiseer de overheidstaken. Want jullie zijn ook niet meer dan de meest private instelling van het land: per definitie is het land de meest private instelling van het land. En jullie scheppen er alleen maar plezier in om jaar in, jaar uit, (kabinet in, kabinet uit) dezelfde bekraste 45-toerenplaten af te blijven draaien (op 38-toeren).