Forcibly taking money from one source in order to give it to another is not benevolence, no matter how great the cause in question may be. And while many leftists do not agree with this premise, they also do not like when their favorite products are altered thanks to taxation.
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Grandiose social programs for solving urban poverty accomplish something else. Instead of offering proven economic solutions, they stroke the egos of the donor and government agency class to keep them relevant. They also deflect attention away from the unspeakable root causes.
We are losing the desire, the hunger, the sense of exploration and risk to make the world a better place. The energy comes from individual entrepreneurs, innovators, founders and researchers. The more we suppress such individualism, the more the decivilization process accelerates.
People study the nature of things to understand possibilities and manage risk. The currency of the scientist, economist, and entrepreneur is reality. Complex systems like cancer are being confronted with a new network of enemies armed with and old theorem.
Grueling science has taught us that the relationship between space and time is like a flexible fabric that should be understood and appreciated. Science also teaches us that the relationship between creative minds and free markets is also a flexible fabric, but need not be so grueling to discover.
Without the hierarchical power of coercive government, policy-makers would have no policies to make, and there would be no wheeling and dealing with capital owners. The former would need to contribute to the economy rather than be a burden on it, and the latter would be strictly servants of consumers.
All actions have consequences, and when those actions are meant to control the economy, the consequences can have far reaching implications. In his essay “What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen,” French economist Frédéric Bastiat explained that all government actions have consequences that are both immediately seen, and also consequences that are unseen.
Airbnb has completely changed the way we think about travel. And while the Silicon Valley brainchild has become a household name over the last several years, you might be surprised to learn that a custom seat cushion played an integral role in the story of Airbnb’s founding.
At the local level, people and organizations are working towards common goals, using online platforms and other tools to connect citizens and their governments. With the public much more involved in the future of their local communities and much more connected to officials, and sharing information with the companies that support them, a civic renaissance can occur.
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