The War Against Economic Freedom

From Points and Figures:

Last night I went to see the documentary Farmageddon in Chicago. I also stayed for the full panel discussion…
…This documentary illustrates the plight of the organic farmer, specifically the organic dairy farmer. If a dairy farmer wants to sell raw milk, they will be run out of business and many times imprisoned by the federal bureaucracy. The USDA actively tries to run Raw Milk Producers out of the business. They work closely with agents from state agricultural agencies.

The documentary shows film of agents descending on various organic farms and outlets, guns drawn, SWAT teams present. It’s straight out of science fiction and something that you can’t believe happens in America. I can understand a huge police presence when going after a drug lord, but a family farmer? Sure, farmers keep guns but in my experience they aren’t violent people…

Why does this happen? Because we have built a corporate and government system which is forcefully opposed to a free market.  The market is where people go to buy – what is in the market is whatever people try to sell.  With reasonable regulations for genuine safety, people are supposed to broadly be able to decide what they will buy in the market and what they will sell.  The trouble with this rather common-sense ideal of the market is that it cuts in to the profits of the largest sellers and by giving people choice is annoys Big Government which prefers that you buy what the government wants you to buy.

Its not just organic milk producers.  Time and time again over my life I’ve seen the heavy club of government working in tandem with established business interests to crush market place upstarts.  If you ever wondered why we’ve only got 3 US auto makers – instead of 30, as the size of the American auto market would indicate – it is because Big Government and Big Corporation have set things up so that no one else can enter the market…except, of course, for big, foreign outfits who can afford to grease the legislative and regulatory wheels.  What the final result of all this has been is a progressive constriction on entry in to the market place – ultimately, a restriction on the ability of average Americans to create new wealth.

All of this utter nonsense of safety regulations, lawsuits, warning labels, etc works out to be nothing more than restraint of trade – and a restraint of trade which ensures easy profits for Big Corporation and a steady stream of donations to politicians in favor of Big Government (Big Union is in there, too…a sort of hybrid of Big Government and Big Corporation, working both sides of the street, as it were).   For 100,000 years or so the human race managed to consume milk products and we never died out – some how or another with out a single regulation from the FDA, humanity survived milk consumption.  The bottom line is that milk is food…a sort of food human beings are very used to eating.  Of course, like all human activities, eating food does carry a risk.  But, then again, life is risk…and, in the end, you never get out of it alive, anyway.

Don’t get me wrong here – I’m no libertarian arguing for a completely unregulated market, but what regulation there is must be there to ensure honesty and dignity.  If it starts getting in to deciding what you will buy, then it is a negation of the market place.  If someone wants to buy raw milk, then as long as the seller is honest about his product, then government has no interest in the transaction.  So, too, with all other economic transactions…as long as no one is defrauded or degraded (a human being cannot sell a human being – even if that human being is himself), then government should, for the most part, keep hands-off.

When I speak of freeing up our economy, this is what I mean – getting rid of the government and the corporations who shackle the economy.  We are bound hand and foot…and thus our people are growing poor, our dependent class is growing and foreign competitors are starting to catch us up.  We can fix this – but to do so Big Government and Big Corporation must be brought to heel.

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24 thoughts on “The War Against Economic Freedom

  1. neocon1

    save a complete collapse , civil war, the left losing we are finished as the America we once knew.
    Soviet union/Germany…we are there.

    1. neocon1

      You cant believe the regulation in the construction industry.
      Getting a permit is next to impossible, and then the code enforcement “inspectors”many (AA little dictators) who couldn’t make it in the trades, with a chip on their shoulders with a tin badge.

      (Like speed trap’s, and red light cameras,a source of control and revenue for the state while providing nothing for public safety.)

      A permit I pulled yesterday took 3 hours to get and cost $575.00, and I am not yet done.
      I have to serve a notice of intent to lien, have it signed by the owner (who hired me) file it in the court house (for a fee of course) then call for an inspection when the work is complete.
      The inspection requires you to be there yet they will not give you a time, any where between 8 am, and 4 pm. So you PAY someone to sit and wait for them to come and nit pick the job apart finding the slightest infraction (which they will not allow you to fix on the spot) red tag the job and charge a $100.00 re inspection fee, which you have to go to the city and pay in person, then sit on the job for a day for them to show up for 5 minutes.

    2. RetiredSpook

      Neo,

      I don’t think there are too many on the Left who have any comprehension whatsoever of how many of us are willing, able and ready for that fight. We’re not gonna start it, but we’re sure capable of finishing it.

  2. Canadian Observer

    It’s baffling to me why humans seem to be the only species who regularly drink other species’ milk. Strange.

    1. bardolf

      Because when it’s converted to ice cream, cheese, gelato, or in a venti latte from Starbucks it’s mighty tasty. We don’t live to stay healthy.

      1. RetiredSpook

        You got that right. When I was a kid, I had an elderly Aunt who owned a dairy farm. When I would visit her in the summer, she would always fix strawberry shortcake and pour pure Guernsey cream over it. One of my fondest childhood memories.

    2. Luckee

      My dogs and cats drink cow’s milk when I give it to them. My neighbor’s mama cat adopted a baby squirrel who drank the cat’s milk. My grandmother had an orphan baby horse and borrowed a goat so the baby horse could nurse and I have pictures of the goat standing on a hay bale so the baby could reach the milk. There are plenty of examples of one species drinking the milk of others. It sounds to me like Canadian Observer is really just baffled by why only humans domesticate animals so they can milk them. He seems to have given this question a lot of thought and still be baffled.

      Canada sounds like a very strange place.

      1. Canadian Observer

        Those are very nice examples of compassionate help offered to orphaned animals unable to nurse from their own mothers, Luckee. Your grandmother sounds like a very caring person.

        Yes, Canada may indeed seem like a strange place to some but I, myself, find it to be a great country in which to live. We do have our share of kooks, it’s true, but for some reason they are not given the same level of credibility that they get in your nation.

      2. Luckee

        You are avoiding what I said which is that the main reason most species do not drink milk from other species is that man is the only species that domesticates other species. You know that is what I said, why are you pretending I did not? Show me another species that can drink milk except by sucking it out of the female that has milk. No, man is the species with opposable thumbs so we can milk other animals without having to individually suck the milk and man is the only species that domesticates those other animals so he can do this. Why do you act so goofy and pretend I was talking about Canada? Like it or not the issue is how dumb your comment was.

    3. js

      soon as you find a human that will stand there and let you milk her several times a week so you can make ice cream…let us know…

      til then we are stuck with cows

  3. Luckee

    I think it’s funny that the only thing Canadian Observer can find to say is to tell us how easily confused he is but not say a single thing about government regulation and its effect on our business and our economy. Maybe he could just create a macro on his computer so he could just hit one key to post. ” I’m baffled. ” That ought to do it.

    1. bardolf

      Canadian Observer was trying to make the point that drinking the milk from another species is unnecessary and often unhealthy. Lactose intolerance is natural. Asians have almost no milk in their diet because it’s not natural.

      The same statements apply to the heavy emphasis on grains in the US diet and modern sugars like high fructose corn syrup. The obesity epidemic is driven by foods in society which would have been difficult or impossible to regularly eat even a few millenium ago.

      1. RetiredSpook

        The same statements apply to the heavy emphasis on grains in the US diet and modern sugars like high fructose corn syrup. The obesity epidemic is driven by foods in society which would have been difficult or impossible to regularly eat even a few millenium ago.

        Really?

        Really?

      2. bardolf

        Spook

        Really.

        The crucial problem with sugar production was that it was highly labour-intensive in both growing and processing. Because of the huge weight and bulk of the raw cane it was very costly to transport, especially by land, and therefore each estate had to have its own factory. There the cane had to be crushed to extract the juices, which were boiled to concentrate them, in a series of backbreaking and intensive operations lasting many hours.

        The known sweet in the West up to 500 years ago was honey.

        Wheat and corn have gone through hundreds of years of human selection and are drastically more productive than there were even a couple hundred years ago.

        So yes, Moochelle Obama would be a considerably thinner if she were around 1000 years ago.

        I propose to cut the school breakfast program out of the US budget entirely. It’s just a bunch of sugars at 8 am that wake people up enough to realize they are in school.

      3. Luckee

        Canadian Observer was trying to make the point that drinking the milk from other species is IN HIS OPINION unnecessary and unhealthful. You say Asians have no milk in their diet because it’s not natural. Another opinion.

        Hurtling through the air in a metal tube at 550 miles per hour is not natural. Moving across the surface of the earth at 65 or 75 miles per hour is not natural. Going up 1000 feet to the top floor of a building in an elevator is not natural. The internet is not natural. Using microwaves to cook is not natural. What about cultural differences? Is eating bugs natural? Raw fish? Eating beef in India is not natural. You really are silly aren’t you?

      4. bardolf

        Luckee

        If you don’t understand the orders of magnitude in complexity that the human body represents over an airplane you’re pretty silly.

    2. Mark Edward Noonan Post author

      ROFL – but be kind to Canadian Observer; for a liberal, he’s actually all right.

  4. js

    the failure of moral behavior has brought our government to decadence…corrupted our laws and transgressed our constitution…

    all because folks lost the ability to understand what took several thousand years to write in stone…the reprobate mind cannot be reasoned with…there is no cure for what they have that any human being can provide…it is divine providence…and nothing we can do will change it

  5. Sunny

    There are many GOOD reasons for requiring milk to be pasturized:

    Pasteurization is the process of heating liquids or foods to kill microorganisms (such as Brucella, Campylobacter, E. coli O157:H7, Listeria, Mycobacterium bovis, Salmonella, and Yersinia) that can cause disease. It was developed by Louis Pasteur in 1864, and the practice became commercialized around the late 1800s and early 1900s. In addition to improving consumer safety, pasteurization can improve the quality and shelf life of foods.

    Pregnant women and those with fragil immune systems should not drink raw milk. I don’t know how may of you have actually tasted raw milk, but unless you grew up on a farm you probably have never had anything but paturized milk. I don’t care for the taste of raw milk. It is also very high in fat – all of the cream has not been separated from the raw milk.

    For those of you (MARK) who are opposed to any kind of government regulations you need to look behind the reasons for said regulations. It is not just to put someone out of business or to make business more difficult. Especially with food products – it is to protect the health of the general public – because most of you here do not have a clue what you are talking about. Only that the government is bad bad bad when it imposes regulations. Lets do away with infants car seats and all other regualtions that protects the public and our children and grandchildren. Capitalism good, government/regulations bad. Profits are the only thing that matters.

    1. Luckee

      Then don’t drink raw milk. Don’t shove your own preferences down the throats of others.

      No one is opposed to any kind of government regulations. When you have to lie to make a point all you do is prove that you don’t really have a point to begin with. The longer you write the dumber you get.

      1. tiredoflibbs

        That is all sunny dreggs, velma etc. etc.) can do is go the extreme every time.

        We oppose ridiculous government regulation. She of course makes it out to be that we oppose ALL government regulation and she always has to add the “profits over people” dumbed down talking point.

        She will never get that we are for reasonable government regulation.

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