18 May 2012

The Fraudulent Promise of Collectivist Statism

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Hugh Kingsmill, “The Genealogy of Hitler”, section 1, The Poisoned Crown (1944):

Most of the avoidable suffering in life springs from our attempts to escape the unavoidable suffering inherent in the fragmentary nature of our present existence. We expect immortal satisfactions from mortal conditions, and lasting and perfect happiness in the midst of universal change. To encourage this expectation, to persuade mankind that the ideal is realizable in this world, after a few preliminary changes in external conditions, is the distinguishing mark of all charlatans, whether in thought or action.

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The beauty of government schemes is that they create an illusion that government is somehow the purveyor of largesse rather than just a conduit. People who would never dream to petition Citibank to debit the accounts of their neighbors for their personal benefit haven’t the slightest hesitation to ask government to do exactly that.



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