The Ugly Side of Libertarianism: No Aid for Tornado Victims
Ron Paul's Denial of Tornado Relief
Ron Paul and the libertarians have a religious zeal for keeping the government from helping victims of natural disasters.
Ron Paul has no use for the Federal government giving aid to victims of tornadoes or any other natural disasters.
There is no god in the religion of libertarianism; I should say that there is a god of self, a worship of self as the end all and be all of existence.
Libertarianism exhibits the classic fanaticism of a cause to make everyone else believe that self interest is the true god.
Survival of the fittest, economically, becomes the reason why libertarians have no use for government helping anybody. To the libertarians, government helping citizens is stealing from the libertarians!
I strongly believe that there should be a separation of church and state. Yet I also believe that the history of government helping people comes from the tradition that was embodied in the commandments given to the people of Israel in the Old Testament. The example of governmental compassion for the sick, poor, and old is well documented in the Old Testament.
Even debt forgiveness is taught in the Old Testament. God expected the Israelites to forgive debt often. To libertarians, God is a collectivist thief!
Ron Paul, in the callous and selfish way of the libertarian fanatic said regarding disaster relief:
"There is no such thing as federal money," Paul said, on CNN’s State of the Union. "Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me."
Of course, I have argued both on Hubpages and Business Insider that libertarianism is mean spirited, and it is mean on purpose, as being a core of this pseudo religion. Indeed, while the public campaign of the libertarians is weak, the internet campaign of these fanatics is very strong. They have come to dominate websites that have articles opposing them. They are rude, often even hostile to free speech.
This of course is because libertarians have a tradition of anarchy, of every man for himself mentality. It goes beyond the good attributes of self reliance to a fanatical hatred of all that cannot be self reliant. Ron Paul comes across as a caring, grandfatherly type, but I assure you that when it comes to compassion through government, he is no such person!
There is a big difference in promoting self reliance and hating that which is not self reliant. The superiority complex of libertarians, the us-versus-them mentality, has, in one way or another permeated the entire Republican Party. Even people like Newt Gingrich, who is for war and hostility, speaks in libertarian terms when talking about economics.
Gingrich believes in the invisible hand of self interest, which is a pillar of libertarian thought. The truth is, the deregulation of industry has created pink slime in hamburgers, the housing bubble and crash and other social injustices. Even racism is considered a civil right by libertarians. My Ebook, goes into some of the issues regarding the economics of deregulation. Libertarianism, The UK Big Bang, and How they Ruined America
Not helping victims of disasters is the ultimate logical conclusion of the economics of deregulation and libertarianism. However, it is not immoral, nor is it stealing, for government to come to the aid of citizens. Promoting the General Welfare is a foundation for American constitutional thought. The idea that selfish people like libertarians have any strong morality anyway is simply a delusion! There is no morality in worship at the feet of the god of self interest.
Republicans claim to be the party of religion and of family values. But the truth is, this party is for the survival of the fittest. It is a party dominated by libertarian values and uses religion to muster support for war (with the exception of Ron Paul) and for cutting programs for the poor, sick and elderly. The greatest hypocrites in political office are Republicans.
And truth is, the selfishness of the lady who won the lottery and a million dollars while collecting food stamps shows the evils of worship of self. Ron Paul and the libertarians have a philosophy of deriding compassion and exalting self. It is more than just bad behavior. With Ron Paul and the libertarians, it is a system of political thought and of misguided philosophical assumptions!
Manipulated Markets and Libertarian Penny Pinching
While markets in housing, stocks, and bonds have been manipulated by easy money, indeed, the manipulation is not the sole reason for the market levels being what they are.
Stocks have been manipulated, yet earnings per share on a global scale improved from March, 2009 to January, 2012.
So, without the improvements in real earnings, this manipulation would not have made any difference. There had to be some fundamental reason for a continued stock rise.
That is not to say that manipulation does not come with dangers. Manipulation of the housing market slowed the rate of decline, but did not prevent the decline in house prices. And the sustainability of the US economy is a concern in the face of inflationary and deflationary currents.
Perhaps the market that is most manipulated is the treasury bond market. Central banks have printed a lot of money and that money has been going into treasury bond purchases as a hedge against stock downturns. It is all about return of capital but it punishes savers.
Certainly, with market manipulation and with the printing of money, the libertarians have a legitimate concern regarding the sustainability of the recovery of the world economy. Of course their draconian solution is to plunge the world into a massive depression and see what happens on the other side of that depression.
However, we have to get real here. The cost of tornadoes in 2011 was around 20 billion dollars. This is a drop in the bucket compared to trillions of military spending and other spending by the government.
To get a tornado zone up and running quickly, it is worth the small expenditure of disaster relief to get the economies functioning again. And it is the right thing to do. Come on libertarians, have a heart!
Republicans Would Really Rather Use Disaster Aid as a Bargaining Chip to Cut Necessary Programs
My Assessment of Libertarianism for Further Study
- George W Bush Permitted Pink Slime In Your Burgers
Jaime Oliver uncovers the pink slime of deregulation.
- Libertarianism: Just a Smoke Screen for Avarice and Racism?
- Kal Marx Predicted Libertarian/Ron Paul Foolishness
Ron Paul is a heartless fraud.
- Thanks to the UK Big Bang, Hedge Funds Are the Vehicle for Hot Money
- Corrupt Libertarians Accuse God of Being a Collectivist Thief
Libertarians think they know more than God
- Alan Greenspan Was a Libertarian to the Crony Capitalists
Libertarianism is crony capitalism
- A Pox on Ayn Rands Philosophy and on the Banker Cartel
- Peter Schiff Is Not Technically Racist But He Believes Racism Is A Civil Right
Libertarians believe that racism is a civil right.