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April 30, 2012

The Empire of Poverty

The ideological goal of the Empire of Poverty is to convince the subjects under its rule
that social mobility is either impossible or undesirable. That they need to accept their place and their dole, and bend their shoulder to the task of making a better world under its enlightened guidance. The more that this mindset is cultivated among its subjects, the less they are able to envision another world where they might be free to do what they please. -- Daniel Greenfield

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 30, 2012 11:48 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Government is like Old Man Potter in It's a Wonderful Life. It isn't really a profit motive. Potter could have made much more money teaming up with George and the Building and Loan, bringing in new businesses and factories, making the town more attractive to potential buyers from other places, growing Bedford Falls.

Instead, Potter wanted most of all to be the focal point of everyone's life. He knew what was best for everybody, and he was going to see to it that everybody got exactly what was coming to them. You know, in fairness. You can see his end game in the alternative universe without George where the town is renamed Pottersville, and he was their "benefactor".

Like Potter, government is impotent apart from its agents of force and intimidation. It can produce nothing, so it finds its raison d'etre in the enhancement of its power and control.

Posted by: mushroom at April 30, 2012 1:35 PM

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