Skip to comments.The Road To Serfdom (In Cartoon Form)
Posted on 06/21/2004 9:21:14 PM PDT by Remember_Salamis
The Road to Serfdom
by Friedrich A. Hayek
Schwarzenegger makes his entrance on page 10.
The UN's Lakdhar Brahimi in Iraq.
Brought To You By The Democratic Party Of Amerika, Member, Communist Party Internationale
Think back to a day when a major US media organ would--could--print something like that.
Austrian school bump
I'm sure that ISI, YAF, the Federalist Society or some other organization would love to reprint it if they could secure the rights.
Don't you mean the Chicago School?
The problem with the cartoon is that it doesn't touch on the most imporant step in the process of becoming serfs. It is the abolition of private property that separates the barriers between person and state.
Once productive assets are confiscated by the state for the 'common good', economics and politics merge. That is why later in the parable, civil disputes become 'crimes' against the state.
I think Dajjal meant a 'pro-Mises' sentiment by saying Austrian School, in opposition to the cartoon.
Of course, the cartoon does depict a certain "Chicago style" mentality, or Berlin, or Mecca, or Beijing...
Democrats--yup. Let's not forget that Nazi stands for 'National Socialist'.
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The most important point Hayek makes is that Nazism wasn't unique to the Germans ie there wasn't (isn't) some inherent evil lying in wait for the proper moment to be released.
No, his central point was that since Germany was the most socially/economically developed country in the world (dating from the 1870s), the citizens were the first people to experience the net result of democratic socialism. (Not to be confused with the Russian revolution.)
Once the essential barriers between people and state were undermined, a Hitler could waltz right in. His warning was to the English (and Americans), who believed it couldn't happen to them.
Great find, great post, RS.
It is happening in America as we speak.
Wake up, America!
This is worth saving.
>>Once productive assets are confiscated by the state for the 'common good', economics and politics merge.
Adding up Federal, State, and Local taxes, we're around 50% on a marginal dollar earned.
I reread it during the reign of the Clintons and feared for what might happen under President Gore. I'm concerned that some of the powers taken by the Federal government in the War on Terror could come back to hurt us if another Clinton becomes President.
In short, this to me looks like the classic Problem-Reaction-Solution paradigm. Governments create a problem, the public reacts to the problem in a predicted way, and clamors for a Solution.
Then Gov't then offers their pre-planned solution.
In the case of this terrific cartoon, there are a number of planned "Problems", each with a solution, which creates even more problems.
This cartoon shows the Problem-Reaction-Solution policy is taken to it's logical extreme.
While it is comforting to view our opponents in the most nefarious and cynical light, it actually diverts one's attention from the real threat.
Liberals sincerely believe that capitalism is an inherently flawed and unfair system. They really believe that collective participation (either through ownership, taxes, regulation, etc) in the means of production leads to greater economic AND political freedom.
It's because they are true believers that makes them very dangerous. Hayek also covered this point very well (as did Reagan): how does one oppose something that promises as its central thesis to be humanitarian?
The key was/is to address the inevitable net effect of these programs (the under-the-waterline, hard-to-see results): the erosion of liberty, hence 'The Road to Serfdom'.
The murder ol' Vinny was tracks left by a secretive monster. Still there too. Hiding in the Bushes. The monster has gotten better at not leaving tracks.. Ol' Vinny is calling out from the grave to me.. The lesson of Vince Foster did have an effect on the whole of government. The lesson being if the Asst. Attoney General can get snuffed easily and covered up, WHO ARE YOU?...
Pulled the backbone right out of Kenneth Starr and any republican on the hill.. So much so, Newt'ie exited stage right without the punch line.. just see ya don't want to be ya.. Beggaring a revolution we just might be screwed.. the republicans have taken congress, the presidency and most of the governorships and quite a few of the state legislatures AND STILL socialism moves steadily AHEAD, on schedule..
A mystery ?,,,, Not to me... Vinnys fate was a watershed event in this country. More effort went into purseing the murderer O.J. Simpsons wife, than Vince Foster.. The glass was half empty about Barry Goldwaters time.. I have thrown the empty glass into the fire long ago. Any that say the glass is half full are in denial <<- not a river in Egpyt..
"The republicans have taken congress, the presidency and most of the governorships and quite a few of the state legislatures AND STILL socialism moves steadily AHEAD, on schedule.."
"A mystery ?,,,, Not to me... "
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