RADICAL -- NOT A CONSERVATIVE
Friedman says, "I'm not a conservative. I never have been a conservative. Hayek was not a conservative. The book that follows this one in Hayek's list was The Constitution of Liberty, a great book, and he has an appendix to it entitled 'Why I Am Not a Conservative.' We are radicals. We want to get to the root of things. We are liberals in the true meaning of that term -- of and concerned with freedom. We are not liberals in the current distorted sense of the term -- people who are liberal with other people's money."
On Thomas Jefferson he says, "He was a great man. There's no question about that, and he was certainly a believer in freedom. He was not a conservative."
"I'm a libertarian in philosophy, but, as I say, I'm a libertarian with a small "l" and a Republican with a capital "r." Ditto for this author. On Bill Clinton he says, "he's a socialist" ... "who believes that the way to achieve good things is to have government do it. You can't think of a more socialist program than the health care program that he tried to get us to adopt."
Many people think Friedman's ideas are so extreme and so off the wall that the average person cannot take them seriously. But the truth is often like this.
Dr. Friedman won the Nobel Prize for economics and is famous for his best seller Free to Choose. He made a series of videos shown on PBS that converted me to his radical, i.e., normal views. The superstar actor Arnold Swarzenegger was also converted and when Friedman made an update of the series of videos, Arnold introduces one of them. Click Here to hear Friedman and Arnold speak for a few seconds from one of those videos that I hope you buy.
I appreciate that a former president of the UC, Mose Durst, praises capitalism in his book Principled Economics. You can read the entire book online at www.tparents.org (__________) or click Here. I do not share Dr. Durst's excitement about loans to poor people to start businesses because I feel borrowing is dangerous as the Bible so eloquently teaches. To read a thorough look at economics read my book, Freedom Works.
Walter Williams is one of my favorite libertarian writers. He has excellent books such as More Liberty Means Less Government -- Our Founders Knew This Well. He has excellent newspaper columns you can read at www.jewishworldreview.com. At this website there are many conservative columnists articles posted. He wrote in his book All It Takes Is Guts, "What's *just* has been debated for centuries but let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn *belongs* to you -- and why?"
"Conservatives and liberals are kindred spirits as far as government spending is concerned. First, let's make sure we understand what government spending is. Since government has no resources of its own, and since there's no Tooth Fairy handing Congress the funds for the programs it enacts, we are forced to recognize thatgovernment spending is no less than the confiscation of one person's property to give it to another to whom it does not belong -- in effect, legalized theft.
"Liberals believe government should take people's earnings to give to poor people. Conservatives disagree. They think government should confiscate people's earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage."
DANGER OF CENTRALIZED POWER
Walter Williams writes:
Mankind's Most Brutal Century - Why?
This year marks the last year of the 20th century. The century will be remembered for unprecedented technical progress, advance of knowledge and improvements in the living standards. It will be also remembered as mankind's most brutal century.
International and civil wars have yielded a death toll of roughly 50 million lives. As tragic as that number is, it's small in comparison to the number of people murdered by their own government.
R. J. Rummel, professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, and author of Death by Government, estimates that since the beginning of this century governments have murdered 170 million of their own citizens. Top government murderers are: the former Soviet Union, who between 1917 and 1987 murdered 62 million of their own citizens, the People's Republic of China who between 1949 and 1987 murdered 35 million of its citizens. In a distant third place were the Nazis who murdered about 21 million Jews, Slavs, Serbs, Czechs, Poles, Ukrainians and others deemed misfits such as homosexuals and the mentally ill.
Less well known murdering governments include Turkey who between 1909 and 1918 murdered close to 2 million Armenians; 2 million Cambodians lost their lives under the Khmer Rouge; Pakistan's government murdered 1.5 million people and Tito's Yugoslavian government murdered a million citizens. Our southern neighbor, Mexico, murdered about 1.5 million of its citizens between 1900 and 1920. Professor Rummel estimates that prior to the 20th century, government murder, from the
Christian Crusades, slavery of Africans, to witch hunts and other episodes, totaled about 133 million.
We might ask why the 20th century was so barbaric. Surely, there were barbarians during earlier ages. Part of the answer is that during earlier times there wasn't the kind of concentration of power that emerged during the 20th century. Had Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong and Adolf Hitler been around in the 18th century, they could not have engineered the murder of millions of people. They wouldn't have had the authority. There was considerable dispersion of jealously guarded political power in the Forms of heads of provincial governments and principalities, nobility and church leaders whose political power within their spheres was often just as strong as the monarch's.
In the case of Germany, when Hitler came to power, he inherited decades of consolidation by Bismarck and later the Weimar Republic that weakened local jurisdictions. Through the Enabling Act (1933), Hitler destroyed any remaining local autonomy. The decent Germans, who made Hitler's terror possible, would have never supported his territorial designs and atrocities.
CONCENTRATION OF POWER IN WASHINGTON
Decent Americans are paving the road for tyranny just as Germans did. In the name of one social objective or another, we are creating what the Constitution's Framers feared -- concentration of power in Washington and the creation of a Superstate. The Framers envisioned a republic. They guaranteed it in Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution, making an individual state's authority competitive with, and in most matters exceeding federal authority. Now it's precisely the reverse. In the pursuit of lofty ideals like health care, fighting crime and improving education, we Americans have given up one of our most effective protections against tyranny - dispersion of political power.
Try this thought experiment. Pretend you're a tyrant. Among your many liberty-destroying objectives are extermination of blacks, Jews and Catholics. Which would you prefer a United States with political power centralized in Washington, powerful government agencies with detailed information on Americans and compliant states or power widely dispersed over 50 states, thousands of local jurisdictions and a limited federal government?
You say, "Williams, what happened in Germany could never happen here." I'm betting that Germans who lived prior to the end of the Weimer Republic would have said the same thing.
The Principle is correct in saying that democracy is God's way. We need to have democracy in our communities and in our nations. Ultimately mankind will vote in the Kingdom of Heaven because the Principle will be accepted by the majority and they will vote for leaders who are Unificationists. America forever? I think so, but there will come a time as Father has revealed when there will be no need for passports. This is not unpatriotic or traitorous talk. It is the truth. Mankind has more mountains to climb. There will be absolute unity in all three blessings. Eventually every person will be a Unificationist and mankind will then be a united family of mankind with only one language -- Korean. How fast this happens depends on us. For decades 40,000 children have died from starvation and diseases from such things as poor water. The agony God has felt to watch this is beyond measure. God is in a hurry. True Parents are in a hurry. Sadly those UC members who are left are often burned out and those few who seem to always find the UC a comfortable place focus on secondary things -- they major in the minors. The Ideal World is inevitable. Nothing can stop it. Father has done enough to make sure that the wheels are in motion. There are enough Unificationists and enough books printed to insure that God's dream of a one world family will come true. I hope I have some groundbreaking insights to give. I stand on Father's shoulders and add more details to his vision. We are all messiahs. The Ideal World will not have a UC organization. It will be democratic, not authoritarian. It is time for the UC to start introducing democracy into its organization. We need to start voting for our community leaders instead of having them appointed by some distant hierarchy. We need to start decentralizing power to the community and family level. It is time to end the matching and start respecting people. We need to walk the line of balancing diversity, creativity, entrepreneurship with a consensus on absolute values.