Bad governments create shithole countries

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Bad governments create shithole countries

The inter­net exploded into a ver­i­ta­ble excre­ment storm when Sen­a­tor Dick Durbin accused Pres­i­dent Trump of refer­ring to some coun­tries as shit­holes. It is still not clear if Pres­i­dent Trump actu­ally uttered that phrase, but the storm that ensued was rather intense, with mem­bers of the lib­eral media and lib­er­als on social media imme­di­ately decry­ing those remarks as racist. That phrase is not racist, how­ever it is polit­i­cally incor­rect. A great many con­fuse the two, which is actu­ally harm­ful, because overuse and dis­tor­tion of the mean­ing of the term has greatly less­ened the impact of jus­ti­fied accu­sa­tions of true racism.

It is a well estab­lished fact that some nations are extremely poor and the peo­ple liv­ing in those coun­tries suf­fer greatly. Refer­ring to them as shit­holes may not be the most ele­gant or polite phrase, but it is accu­rate. Poor nations are spread across the globe and are not lim­ited to nations of just one race. In fact nations of all races are included in the list of the poor­est nations in the world.

The one uni­fy­ing fac­tor the links just about all of the poor­est nations is that they now suf­fer from, or have suf­fered from, bad gov­ern­ments. These bad gov­ern­ments can take on many forms but they all steal the wealth from the indi­vid­u­als liv­ing in those coun­tries and mis­man­age the resources.

Coun­tries with com­mu­nist and social­ist gov­ern­ments almost uni­ver­sally pro­duce dread­ful liv­ing con­di­tions and very poor peo­ple. Here is what one of my favorite authors, Thomas Sow­ell, has to say on the sub­ject “Social­ism in gen­eral has a record of fail­ure so bla­tant that only an intel­lec­tual could ignore or evade it.” Venezuela is per­fect exam­ple of what hap­pens to a coun­try when it trans­forms into a social­ist nation, and so is Somalia.

If a coun­try expe­ri­ences fre­quent polit­i­cal upheaval it will become poor. That is what hap­pened in Haiti, and so many other coun­tries. Most often this upheaval will result in auto­cratic dic­ta­tor­ships, which micro­man­age the economies, and also leads to ram­pant cor­rup­tion. Con­cen­trat­ing polit­i­cal power always results in coun­tries with poverty and cor­rup­tion. Gov­ern­ments always try to con­cen­trate power in the hands of the few. Dis­trib­ut­ing power through­out the peo­ple of a nation is the only cure for this.

Economies of nations are far too com­plex for one indi­vid­ual or a group of indi­vid­u­als to man­age prop­erly. Any attempt to man­age an econ­omy will begin a down­ward spi­ral into poverty. Let­ting a per­fectly free mar­ket econ­omy man­age itself is the only way to guar­an­tee long term pros­per­ity for a nation. Even nations with very lim­ited nat­ural resources will pros­per with a free mar­ket econ­omy. Hong Kong is a per­fect exam­ple of this phenomenon.

Intro­duc­ing any type of social­ism into a free mar­ket econ­omy will result in a down­ward spi­ral toward poverty. Build­ing a wel­fare state forces the increase of taxes, which will cur­tail busi­ness activ­ity, which will then increase the need for more wel­fare, which will then result in the need for higher taxes. That is the route Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries are on now and the route Greece has trav­eled for a longer period. The Scan­di­na­vian nations have not trav­eled this route long enough to pro­duce dis­as­trous results, but it will. The United States has been trav­el­ing this route since the New Deal, and accel­er­ated on this path with Pres­i­dent Johnson’s Great Soci­ety. The neg­a­tive impacts of the United States tran­sit­ing into a wel­fare state have been well doc­u­mented but ignored by so many. Free mar­ket economies pro­duce the most uni­ver­sal pros­per­ity. Some are always left behind by any eco­nomic sys­tem, while the num­bers are much lower for a free mar­ket econ­omy. Pri­vate char­ity has proved to be suc­cess­ful in tak­ing care of those left behind and the wide­spread adop­tion by the peo­ple of a reli­gion such as Chris­tian­ity, of which char­ity is a major com­po­nent of, is also most beneficial.

Gov­ern­ments inter­fer­ing with the free mar­ket through reg­u­la­tions will always cre­ate a down­ward spi­ral into poverty for a nation. Once reg­u­la­tions are intro­duced, the free mar­ket will begin to fal­ter. The almost uni­ver­sal response to this phe­nom­e­non is to intro­duce more reg­u­la­tions, which will result in more neg­a­tive consequences.

The authors of the US Con­sti­tu­tion pro­duced the per­fect recipe for a suc­cess­ful nation. Unfor­tu­nately we have aban­doned this recipe and have suf­fered increas­ingly neg­a­tive con­se­quences ever since. Their recipe had four key ingredients.

The first ingre­di­ent was to dis­trib­ute all polit­i­cal power through­out the entire pop­u­la­tion. They cre­ated a gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple who elected polit­i­cal ser­vants. The polit­i­cal power was dis­trib­uted through five dis­tinct lev­els with each level up hav­ing less power and author­ity. The first was the indi­vid­ual, who had ulti­mate con­trol over all lev­els of the gov­ern­ment. The next level up, local gov­ern­ments, had the most polit­i­cal power and author­ity. This level was granted the most power because the peo­ple could exer­cise the most con­trol over it. County gov­ern­ments coor­di­nated local gov­ern­ments while State gov­ern­ments coor­di­nated county gov­ern­ments. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment was granted a very lim­ited num­ber of clearly defined, or enu­mer­ated, pow­ers. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment was only granted the power to keep the States from squab­bling with each other and to nego­ti­ate with other coun­tries as one nation.

A firm belief in indi­vid­ual rights, the sec­ond ingre­di­ent, is an essen­tial com­po­nent to the peace and secu­rity of the peo­ple in any nation. Pro­tec­tions of indi­vid­ual rights and pri­vate prop­erty are the most impor­tant build­ing blocks of the US Con­sti­tu­tion. The Bill Of Rights was added because it was believed that the Con­sti­tu­tion did not go far enough.

Thirdly, the US Con­sti­tu­tion pre­vented the fed­eral gov­ern­ment from inter­fer­ing with the free mar­ket econ­omy, which resulted in a pros­per­ous nation, The Com­merce Clause only granted the fed­eral gov­ern­ment the power to reg­u­late the large scale move­ment of goods between the States, not the eco­nomic activ­ity inside of the States.

Lastly, tt was believed by the authors of the Con­sti­tu­tion, and those that rat­i­fied it, that a wide­spread adop­tion of var­i­ous Chris­t­ian sects by the peo­ple was essen­tial to main­tain­ing a free and sta­ble nation. They cre­ated a gov­ern­ment that left the peo­ple free to reg­u­late their own affairs. They believed Chris­tian­ity was a per­fect method for the peo­ple to reg­u­late their own behav­ior. They also believed Chris­t­ian char­ity was the per­fect way to help those in need. Any belief sys­tem will work as long as it has an empha­sis on indi­vid­ual rights and self con­trol of one’s behavior.

Alexis de Toc­queville doc­u­mented the pros­per­ity and tran­quil­ity of the United States, and exam­ined in great detail the root cause, which was the sys­tem of gov­ern­ment cre­ated by the Con­sti­tu­tion, when he wrote Democ­racy in Amer­ica.

The internet exploded into a veritable excrement storm when Senator Dick Durbin accused President Trump of referring to some countries as shitholes.  It is still not clear if President Trump actually uttered that phrase, but the storm that ensued was rather intense, with members of the liberal media and liberals on social media immediately decrying those remarks as racist.  That phrase is not racist, however it is politically incorrect.  A great many confuse the two, which is actually harmful, because overuse and distortion of the meaning of the term has greatly lessened the impact of justified accusations of true racism.

It is a well established fact that some nations are extremely poor and the people living in those countries suffer greatly.  Referring to them as shitholes may not be the most elegant or polite phrase, but it is accurate.  Poor nations are spread across the globe and are not limited to nations of just one race.  In fact nations of all races are included in the list of the poorest nations in the world.

The one unifying factor the links just about all of the poorest nations is that they now suffer from, or have suffered from, bad governments.  These bad governments can take on many forms but they all steal the wealth from the individuals living in those countries and mismanage the resources.

Countries with communist and socialist governments almost universally produce dreadful living conditions and very poor people.  Here is what one of my favorite authors, Thomas Sowell, has to say on the subject “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”  Venezuela is perfect example of what happens to a country when it transforms into a socialist nation, and so is Somalia.

If a country experiences frequent political upheaval it will become poor.  That is what happened in Haiti, and so many other countries.  Most often this upheaval will result in autocratic dictatorships, which micromanage the economies, and also leads to rampant corruption.  Concentrating political power always results in countries with poverty and corruption.  Governments always try to concentrate power in the hands of the few.  Distributing power throughout the people of a nation is the only cure for this.

Economies of nations are far too complex for one individual or a group of individuals to manage properly.  Any attempt to manage an economy will begin a downward spiral into poverty.  Letting a perfectly free market economy manage itself is the only way to guarantee long term prosperity for a nation.  Even nations with very limited natural resources will prosper with a free market economy.  Hong Kong is a perfect example of this phenomenon.

Introducing any type of socialism into a free market economy will result in a downward spiral toward poverty.  Building a welfare state forces the increase of taxes, which will curtail business activity, which will then increase the need for more welfare, which will then result in the need for higher taxes.  That is the route Scandinavian countries are on now and the route Greece has traveled for a longer period. The Scandinavian nations have not traveled this route long enough to produce disastrous results, but it will. The United States has been traveling this route since the New Deal, and accelerated on this path with President Johnson’s Great Society.  The negative impacts of the United States transiting into a welfare state have been well documented but ignored by so many.  Free market economies produce the most universal prosperity.  Some are always left behind by any economic system, while the numbers are much lower for a free market economy.  Private charity has proved to be successful in taking care of those left behind and the widespread adoption by the people of a religion such as Christianity, of which charity is a major component of, is also most beneficial.

Governments interfering with the free market through regulations will always create a downward spiral into poverty for a nation.  Once regulations are introduced, the free market will begin to falter.  The almost universal response to this phenomenon is to introduce more regulations, which will result in more negative consequences.

The authors of the US Constitution produced the perfect recipe for a successful nation.  Unfortunately we have abandoned this recipe and have suffered increasingly negative consequences ever since.  Their recipe had four key ingredients.

The first ingredient was to distribute all political power throughout the entire population.  They created a government of the people who elected political servants. The political power was distributed through five distinct levels with each level up having less power and authority.  The first was the individual, who had ultimate control over all levels of the government.  The next level up, local governments, had the most political power and authority.  This level was granted the most power because the people could exercise the most control over it.  County governments coordinated local governments while State governments coordinated county governments.  The federal government was granted a very limited number of clearly defined, or enumerated, powers.  The federal government was only granted the power to keep the States from squabbling with each other and to negotiate with other countries as one nation.

A firm belief in individual rights, the second ingredient, is an essential component to the peace and security of the people in any nation.  Protections of individual rights and private property are the most important building blocks of the US Constitution.  The Bill Of Rights was added because it was believed that the Constitution did not go far enough.

Thirdly, the US Constitution prevented the federal government from interfering with the free market economy, which resulted in a prosperous nation, The Commerce Clause only granted the federal government the power to regulate the large scale movement of goods between the States, not the economic activity inside of the States.

Lastly, tt was believed by the authors of the Constitution, and those that ratified it, that a widespread adoption of various Christian sects by the people was essential to maintaining a free and stable nation.  They created a government that left the people free to regulate their own affairs.  They believed Christianity was a perfect method for the people to regulate their own behavior.  They also believed Christian charity was the perfect way to help those in need.  Any belief system will work as long as it has an emphasis on individual rights and self control of one’s behavior.

Alexis de Tocqueville documented the prosperity and tranquility of the United States, and examined in great detail the root cause, which was the system of government created by the Constitution, when he wrote Democracy in America.