Friday, December 3, 2010

This Is What Honest, Transparent Government Looks Like

City council members duke it out over school lunch legislation in Seoul, South Korea:

Government is violence. Political parties are mafia gangs. When they duke it out like this you're getting a glimpse of how government truly operates, without all the "sirs" and "madams" and "I yield 5 minutes of my time" and the euphemisms about collecting "taxes" (aka armed robbery).

If only this kind of stuff happened more often. It is, of course, totally disgraceful. More people might be wise to just how disgraceful government is if this kind of thing were more common.

Here's hoping John Boehner's first act as Speaker of the House is to deliver a physical Boehner Beatdown to his fellow members of CONgress.


  1. And mafia groups are?? ... violent private criminal organizations.

    Some humans beings have a propensity for violence, and you can find interpersonal violence in any number of private relationships or private groups.

    Should all sport events be banned because some fans of soccer teams at football matches get into violent brawls?

    Of course not. Just because some members of parliament get into fights hardly constitutes a convincing argument for abolishing government.

  2. Lord Keynes,

    Just because some members of parliament get into fights hardly constitutes a convincing argument for abolishing government.

    Good thing I didn't attempt to make a convincing argument for abolishing government in this post, then. Your fears, as misplaced as they may have been originally, are now certain to be alleviated!

  3. Your unconvincing statement that "government is violence. Political parties are mafia gangs" strongly suggests a Rotbardian/anarcho-capitalist mentality.

    If, however, you are in fact a Misesian minimal statist, then even Mises saw a positive role for government and in fact thought it was necessary to protect people against private violence:

    Government ought to protect the individuals within the country against the violent and fraudulent attacks of gangsters, and it should defend the country against foreign enemies., The Quotable Mises, p. 99

  4. Lord Keynes,

    Congrats, you can read.

    I still didn't advance any arguments in this post, merely made observations.

    You don't have to read this blog. I am not here to entertain you or to try to convince people like you of anything.

    Thanks for assuming I am ignorant, along with assuming I am making an argument I am not. I am truly looking forward to your other comments. I am sure they will be just as remarkable and relevant.

    Btw, you have such a storied and interesting past, LK! I enjoyed learning this little tidbit especially:

    from 1921 to 1938, while chairman
    of the National Mutual Life Assurance Society, a leading British life insurance firm, John Maynard Keynes played a key role in the corruption
    of traditional principles governing life insurance. During his chairmanship,
    he not only promoted an “active” investment policy strongly
    oriented toward variable-yield securities (abandoning the tradition of
    investing in bonds), but he also defended unorthodox criteria for the
    valuation of assets (at market value) and even the distribution of profits
    to policyholders through bonuses financed by unrealized stock market
    “earnings.” All these typical Keynesian assaults on traditional insurance
    principles put his company in desperate straits when the stock market
    crashed in 1929 and the Great Depression hit. As a result, Keynes’s colleagues
    on the Board of Directors began to question his strategy and
    decisions. Disagreements arose between them and led to Keynes’s resignation
    in 1938, since, as he put it, he did not think “it lies in my power
    to cure the faults of the management and I am reluctant to continue to
    take responsibility for them.” See John Maynard Keynes, The Collected
    Writings (London: Macmillan, 1983), vol. 12, pp. 47 and 114–54. See also
    Nicholas Davenport, “Keynes in the City,” in Essays on John Maynard
    Keynes, Milo Keynes, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
    1975), pp. 224–25.

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