Organized aggressions against private property
Of all 36 ways to get out of trouble, the best way is...to leave. — Chinese proverb.
Aggression against private property means that the disposal or the free use of property is violently impeded by a third party that is not affected by it.
The wrong of any individual action is easily observed, but if bad actions are executed systematically at a big scale by an organised group of people that is established in a position of domination, then the wrong may be not so easily identifiable.
Nowadays, in the so called welfare states is considered legit to resist against petty theft, however, resisting against the recurrent confiscation of have half of your income and part of your savings is said to be a fraud.
The dominant group justifies aggressions as a means for a supposed "greater good" or necessity.
The more righteous a person or group thinks they are, the more they are willing to justify evil in the name of that righteousness — Nick Szabo.
No end justifies the violation of rights. Respecting people and their freedom is always the grater good and the most important end.
First, do not harm.
Violent extraction of other people’s peaceful acquired goods is evil, even if the aggressor thinks somebody else will benefit more from it; the same way that violent interference against other people’s peaceful actions is evil, even if the aggressor thinks it is for their own good.
Abstract concepts are often established as the greater good, like "the general interest", "the common good", or collective terms like "the nation".
What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody; or rather to the few who exercise the property right in the name of “everybody".
The abstraction is assigned a higher status than the individuals that form it, which helps to disguise the fact that the aggression will benefit specific individuals at the expense of others who will be hurt.
The more they “love” these abstractions (world, community, nature, etc…), the more they hate real individual human beings — Nick Szabo.
Abstractions are ambiguous terms that provide freedom of interpretation to the aggressors. Adolf Hitler used to say that “society's needs come before the individuals needs”.
The propagandistic narrative frequently treats social and environment sciences as exact sciences where there is a definite and clear consensus that justifies any political means.
The Nazis claimed that Jews are dangerous to society. According to their state official, “unequivocally settled” science, exterminating the Jewish people is going to save lives and protect people — Ben Kaufman.
97% of Aztec priests thought human sacrifice was necessary to end bad weather — Tom Nelson.
Sometimes the "greater good" is just the avoidance of a supposed catastrophe or emergency, so the evil act is said to be the only unavoidable way to fight an urgent disaster.
The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. — H.L. Mencken.
The instil of fear is a powerful weapon to get compliance and submission.
Those who would give up a little liberty to gain a little security, will deserve neither, and they’ll probably will end up losing both — Benjamin Franklin.
Nowadays the abstraction of "wealth equality" is very recurrent.
The greed for others' goods is institutionalized by appealing to the instinct of envy.
Instead of recognizing the expansion and dynamism of free economic systems that create and mobilize prosperity, those theories describe the economy as a static zero sum game in which all wealth comes at the expense of someone else. They think of economic means as political means, assuming that wealth can only be obtained through snatching; therefore natural economic inequality is wrongfully associated to poverty.
Not all equality is desirable; forced wealth equality is certainly not.
There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. — Friederich Hayek.
The only equality in a civilized and peaceful society is Equility of Law.
A society that puts economic equality ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. — Milton Friedman.
The main source of material inequality is one's own being. Economic value naturally differs among people as different preferences and choices imply unequal economic outcomes. Humans are not even equal to themselves in different days and are naturally conditioned by who they are, and by the place, time and community in which we they are born.
If there is not equality of outcomes among people born to the same parents and raised under the same roof, why should equality of outcomes be expected when conditions are not nearly so comparable? — Thomas Sowell.
Diversity is something to be celebrated with tolerance.
In order to further hide the aggression and to decrease the rejection of it, hate is projected against the harmed people, vilifying them and using them as a scapegoat.
The political system that attacks private property is called socialism.
Socialist ideology is based on the state ownership of capital goods, nevertheless, any good may have alternative uses, so the differentiation between capital and consumer goods is subjective. So that in pure socialism (also called communism) all goods belong to the state.
The state is that organized group of people that has a monopoly of violence over a certain territory.
If mafia is defined as an organized banditry that uses threats of violence to extract income, then under socialism, the state is just a sofisticated mafia that controls education to propagate ideas that justify its criminal activity as good and necessary.
Socialism is sometimes wrongly defined as a system of wealth equality, however, any political system should be explained by the measures it carries out, and not by the intended consequences.
All socialists experiments result in general impoverishment and extreme wealth inequality between the political and the civilian class. Politicians thrive through confiscation the vast majority gets poorer due to the general capital destruction and the misallocation of resources.
Hence, all of those regimes end up being described as “not real socialism”; it is like if a football match were defined as a sport game in which the local team always wins, so if it does not win then it could be said that it was "not a real football match". Any definition of a political system must be outcome-neutral, or a fallacy will be committed.
Socialism increases political inequality, understanding politics as the art and science of managing centralized coercion.
Absolutism and despotism is in the DNA of socialism because an extreme concentration of power is required to systematically violate private property. Socialism empowers a bureaucratic elite that controls and commands all the economic activity.
If the term "social" refers to voluntary human interactions, then there is no political system more anti-social than socialism. Nevertheless, political institutions tend to use the word “social” to misapply what only works at a small scale and based on trust, to a huge scale and via coercion.
“We and we alone have the best social welfare measures” said the Propaganda Minister of National Socialist German Workers’ Party, Joseph Goebbels in 1944.
collectivist regimes also corrupt the term Law, so that any violation of rights can then be called “the enforcement of Law".
Lex injusta non est lex (Unjust law is not law) — San Agustín de Hipona.
Law consists of any norm that codifies justice; nevertheless, legislation and regulation are frequently used to codify injustice by establishing the aggressors’ own will in form of written mandates, norms, decrees, statutes, bills, rules of conduct, and so on.
One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws — Martin Luther King Jr.
Natural Law is simple: theft and aggression against freedom are wrong, so the extensiveness of any legislation tends to imply the existence of rules that oppose Law.
Good people disobey bad “laws”.
As the representation of Justice by a girl with blinded eyes suggests, Law applies equally to all regardless of particular circumstances because human rights are universal.
Instead, legislation may consist of norms that apply to particular subjects, like privileges or discriminatory regulation.
Even if the mandantes are pro-human rights, justice is not guaranteed because any norm can be interpreted and amended in multiple ways.
There is no government of laws, but government of people. Legislation is made, executed and sanctioned by the a dominating group that tends to not make any norm that harms them, and it such a norm exists, then they will change it or will breach it.
Beyond ethics, aggression against private property impedes economic development by hindering economic calculation and disincentivizing the creation of wealth.
When you subsidise poverty and failure, you get more of both. — James Dale Davidson.
Very frequently those aggressions get the opposite economic consequences than the expected "greater good", because the incentives they create are very different from the supposed hopes that inspired them.
this is economic effect is known as efecto cobra:
-In xxx year the Crown of England wanted to reduce the amount of existing wild snakes in its colony of India, so the capture of any cobra was monetarily rewarded. Nevertheless, the cantidad de cobras aumentó exponencialmente debido a que los incentivos económicos llevaron a la masiva cría de cobras. Una vez dicha política terminó, las cobras fueron liberadas y el número de cobras salvajes se multiplicó.
The aggressions against free economic exchanges are called interventions in the state slang.
-Price Controls are another example of intervention that brings the opposite consequences that the initial goals.
If a good gets scarcer its price tend to reflect that reality by increasing. Higher prices tend to incentive the economization of its consumption and to incentivize the increasing of its supply, nevertheless some policies insist in forcing prices to stay below those of a free market, which results in a shortage and deterioration of the quality of that good because the service may cease being profitable, so its providers tend to disappear. In the case of rental homes, some disappear from the market and others then to not be properly maintained, repaired, nor refurbished as owners adapt by lowering the the quality of the service.
Furthermore, any good that is artificially cheaper, is treated by consumers as more abundant that it really is and is demanded in higher amounts.
If instead a good gets more abundant its price tend to decrease. Forcing prices to stay above those of the free market is a politic measure with the goal of helping providers, nevertheless, it causes to lose work to the weaker providers (those whose competed by offering lower prices) as the purchasing power of consumers is reduced and a surplus of the good appears. In the case of minimum wage laws, the less skilled or experienced workers lose the most. Nowadays in most western countries, el gasto por trabajador is around 2x su salario due to taxes. ¿Se imaginan que se prohibiese trabajar por cuenta propia a todos aquellos trabajadores que no lograsen unos ingresos de 2x el suelo mínimo?
El paro deriva de la intervención y sus rigideces legislativas. There is as much work to be done as there are unfulfilled desires.
Intervened prices are said to be "fair" rates, however, the only fair rates are those mutually agreed between the two consenting adults involved in the exchange.
All economic intervention bring negative consequences.
Another example is the so-called "protectionism", which consists of a conjunto de intervenciones estatales that privilegian some businesses by imposing restrictions to their competitors.
Las medidas proteccionistas favour a few businesses at the expense of everyone else. The restrictions specially harms those producers that are impeded to compete, but they also reduce real wages of all population.
The ban of competition impedes the implementation of comparative advantages and consequently, cooperation is halted.
"La competencia es la máxima forma de cooperación" - Antonio Escohotado.
"Competimos por ser mejores cooperadores, y cooperamos para ser mejores competidores" - Juan Ramon Rallo.
La competencia entre service providers guarantees the quality and abaratamiento del servicio, además de la calidad de los puestos de trabajo y el incremento de los salarios.
If restrictions are specifically imposed to foreign companies to prevent national imports, then the proteccionismo is called mercantilismo.
Instead of being concerned in the availability of goods, Mercantilists are interested in having a trade surplus of products. Nevertheless they ignore any other kind of service in which there is no physical good involved or in which the products are kept in custody.
What "(economic) protection" teaches us, is to do to ourselves in time of peace what enemies seek to do to us in time of war.” ― Henry George.
El llamado corporativismo de Estado es un tipo de proteccionismo en que el clientelismo político privilegia a compañías ya establecidas mediante la imposición de restricciones a aquellas otras companies que no cuentan con lazos políticos. The result is the consolidation of monopolios and oligopolios.
La hyper-regulación tiene consecuencias similares since the entry of small innovators is prevented because there are economies of scale in complying with regulations.
SOME RESTRICTIONS ARE specifically designed to create intellectual monopolies, LIKE the one THAT occurs by enforcing INTELLECTUAL "PROPERTY" regulation. "IP" violates real property rights by forbidding the reproduction of knowledge. It forces people to treat easily replicable concepts as scarce physical goods.
It halts competition and slows down progress as la emulación de lo exitoso es parte esencial del desarrollo económico.
Greatest inventions and obras maestras have historically been created without patents nor copyrights.
Interventionism loves to coercively forbid whatever some consider inmoral, like vices.
So certain peaceful actions and voluntary exchanges without victims are prosecuted as crimes by Government officials that act as guards that forcefully impede whatever they consider risky or not virtuous.
The prohibition tends to trigger the formation of gangs and mafias around the forbidden service, as the resignation of most providers causes a shortage of the good, which exponentially increases economic profits.
Real criminals are attracted to the business as they are already used to the risk of being imprisoned, and violence is therefore normalized.
Of all kind of interventions, the most aggressive and unjust are those that imply recurrent theft, i.e. taxation.
Theft is the extraction of other people’s property without their consent.
Robbery is a theft in which violence is applied during the extraction, while extortion is the theft in which the property ends up being delivered by the victim to free himself from violence that is mainly exercised through threats.
Direct taxes then usually consist of extortions to obtain personal info that will be used to confiscate income and savings through further extortion. The right of privacy is essential for personal security, so the maximization of theft requires its systematic violation.
Government spending and subvenciones financed by taxes are simply transferencias forzosas of some people's property to those that are favoured by the political will.
Once intervention has impeded private initiative to provide solutions is often argued that more intervention is needed to solve the problem it has created.
The perpetuation of restrictions in some private services, leads people to think of those services as impossible to be provided by the private sector.
Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a british economist was asked by the director of bread production in the Russian City of St. Petersburgs: “Please understand that we are keen to move towards a market system, but we need to understand how such a system works. Tell me, for example, who is in charge of the supply of bread to the population of London?” Soviet mind was astonished by the notion that the economy could operate without a planner to coordinate it. — Christian Niemietz.
To fight the Corruption of officials is often argued that more impositions are needed, however, corruption is a regular and natural effect of interventionism, as it works as a mechanism to appease the violation of rights that follow an unethical legislation.