What’s so bad about government control of business?

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Big government must lord over private business, else it would all collapse … or would it? (Big Government by Mark T on flickr)

What’s so bad about government control of business? Glad you asked. Good question. How do I answer in less than five hundred pages? Going to be tricky, but I’ll give it a go.

By the way, government control of business has a name. That’s right, there’s a name for it, it’s already been labeled. It’s not a good label. It’s got some baggage attached to it. Okay, I suppose some folks out there think it’s not such a bad term but if you’ve ever studied or experienced it first hand, you know it’s not a good thing. It’s bad, very bad.
Government control of business eventually leads to disaster. That’s the end game every time. No exceptions. It all starts of nicely. It all starts off with everyone singing “kumbuya” and then reality hits with a ka-bang! The whole thing blows up and there’s suffering and death everywhere.

What’s the label? What’s it called when government controls business? Drum roll please …

Socialism.

Simply put, socialism is government control of business. When the government controls business you have socialism. Now, some people might argue, ‘Hey, a little government control is good. Keeps things in check. Don’t want businesses to run amok out there, crazy stuff could happen.’

Okay, but here’s the problem. A little government control leads to more government control until it’s all government control. It may take a while but that’s the end game. Hey, I didn’t make up the rules here, that’s just the way it is.
And, yes, that’s exactly where the United States — and all the other countries where government has a virtual vice grip on business – are headed. Right over the cliff. Full throttle, Thema and Louise style. Well, let’s look at the bright side, at least we’ll all go out with a bang. It’ll be thrilling.

Regulation and taxes

How does government exercise this control over business? There are two ways, taxes and regulations. I suppose you could argue it’s all taxes. After all, government’s main purpose for invoking regulations has nothing to do with public safety or public health or any other good. The main reason governments impose regulation — of any kind- is to steal profits. That’s it. So, government regulation is really just another tax. I’m sorry to reveal a state secret and be the bringer of bad news. But, the government doesn’t give a rats ass about you or me, they just want money. And if you have a profitable business, you are the government’s favorite prey. They want it all. Their greed for your hard earned profits is insatiable.

Socialism sounds great … on paper

On paper, socialism sounds great. And I suppose it is, for those fortunate enough to be part of the ruling elite, the privileged class, the political overlords. For everyone else, it’s a death plan. It’s plantation time. It’s — forget-about-freedom-time. You’re owned. Lock stock and barrel. You are absorbed by the state. Your life as a free thinking individual are over. You’re toast.
On the other hand, if you like being owned, then socialism is great.

How come socialism doesn’t last?

So, how come socialist governments don’t last? How come they always fall apart? Why can’t the ruling class keep it going? Why can’t the overlords keep the serfs on the plantation?

Here’s why — the socialist state runs into the same brick wall every time. They can’t prevent it. Once you set the socialist ball in motion, it will hit the wall — no exception, done deal, nothing anyone can do to stop it. And when the socialist state hits this brick wall, the party’s over. Well, it’s over for the ruling elite. But, there’s good news, it’s party time for the workers. They have a chance to get out from under their slave masters. They get a chance to escape.

What’s this brick wall anyway? Well, it turns out the socialist state faces the same problem as the common looter. It’s called the “looter’s dilemma.” You see, once the looter steals everything from everybody, there’s nothing left to steal and the looter’s out of business. And this is exactly what happens to every social government, they steal everything until there’s nothing left to steal … there’s nobody left to steal from. Once you take away all incentive to work and produce, eventually everyone puts their tools down and stops working. You end up with a nation of people sitting around with their hands out collectively saying, “feed me.” That’s when the socialist state collapses. And it happens every time. There are no exceptions. So, as a nation slides deeper and deeper into government control of business, it slides deeper and deeper into a socialist state that will collapse. Once all the productive people and businesses have been looted, the party stops.

Hard luck socialism examples

I can almost hear you saying, ‘Wow man, lighten up. It ain’t that bad.’ And, my response is this … yes it is; it is that bad.
Do you need some examples of government control of business to show where we’re headed if it doesn’t stop? Here’s a few …

  • Soviet Union: Total government control of business. How’d that work out … for the workers? It worked out great for the ruling class while it lasted.
  • Nazi Germany: When Hitler was running the show, you had to get the government’s permission to … breath! Great stuff if you’re in charge. Not so great for the rest of us.
  • Venezuela: The poster child for what happens when the people collectively say to the promise-you-everything government, “Please take care of me!” It’s great for a while, free everything, until the party’s over. Then it’s not so good. The party’s over in Venezuela. I suppose it was good while it lasted. But, not so good now.

Crazy idea … freedom!

Hey, here’s an idea. Why don’t we go back to the idea of … wait for it … freedom?

Freedom, what does that mean? Well, let’s start small then work our way up to bigger things. Let’s start with something simple. How ‘bout this … freedom from — GOVERNMENT!

How do you do that? Well, I’m not sure. I’ve lived with government in my face for so long I don’t really know where to start. But, I feel I need to offer some suggestion since I’m bringing up the discussion. So, I’ll take a stab at it and then I encourage you to offer ideas as well. I’ll bet your ideas are way better than mine and that’s great. I always welcome sound, well thought out, reasoned ideas.

Anyway, here’s my two-cents about how we go about getting freedom from government. How ‘bout this, let’s give government the next two years off? That’s right, everybody involved with government can just go off and do something else (something productive for a change) for the next two years. Then, let’s watch. Let’s see what happens.

Now, I agree, this could be a disaster for the ruling elite, the government overlords, the politicians. It may be pure hell for them.

But, for the rest of us, it’ll be great!

Let’s try it.

That’s my crazy idea.

Now, over to you. What’s your idea?

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