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Entrepreneur warns against dangers of government in economics | Deseret News

June 20, 2011

Entrepreneur warns against dangers of government in economics | Deseret News.

Men like this will save this country. Men who understand that just having a “wish to help people with other people’s money” never ends well.

I go back to this Heinlein quote, which epitomizes Mr. Kirkham, especially with his car factory in Poland and his inability to open one in Russia:

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

 

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6 Comments
  1. James permalink
    June 20, 2011 9:36 am

    I always liked Milton Friedman’s response when someone asked him if he then didn’t believe that an egalitarian society was possible. He replied along the lines of “Of course it is possible, just at the lowest possible level.”

    • June 20, 2011 9:59 am

      Or this quote attributed to Churchill…

      “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries…”

      Everyone is equal. Ofcourse, some animals are more equal than others… mind you…

  2. Michael Eaton permalink
    June 20, 2011 9:46 am

    Soooo, we are supposed to buy the tripe that hospitals in third world and socialist countries, housing industries in Tanzania and Haiti, as observed by a major Tea Party hack is informative of our government?? Sorry, the story has zero relevance or use.

  3. June 20, 2011 9:57 am

    Ofcourse not Mike, we should trust the analysis of Michael Moore instead.

    I mean, why would Fidel Castro go to Spain for treatment when obviously third world hospitals in socialist countries know best and everyone has equal access.

    I mean, we all know that Haiti hasn’t squandered the billions of dollars in aid and have used it efficiently to rebuild and make the citizens lives better. I’m sure Tanzania also has an excellent track record on financial endeavors.

    Zero relevance or use? Yeah. Just put your head back in the sand, tell me more about the perpetual Summer of Recovery we’re experiencing, and how it’s George W. Bush’s fault that HopeyChangetitude failed…. it just couldn’t overcome the EVEEEEEEL….

  4. Michael Eaton permalink
    June 20, 2011 3:34 pm

    Don’t think I said to take Michael Moore’s analysis… as usual, it ain’t an all or nothing. But to say that a Tea Party fanatic using third world visits as a direct comparison to the US is rather unsupportable. Neither is the view from inside gated communities to say all is well, and keep the riff raff out…

  5. June 20, 2011 4:41 pm

    No Mike, I’m sure you would rather I swallow whole-heartedly the analysis from the Center for American Progress, because it is less partisan than Mikey Moore…

    So let me get this straight, the guy actually has visited third-world countries, hasn’t stayed inside a “gated community”, has seen the wonders of socialism and how government intervention has squashed entire countries, actually has put “third world” people to work, and he’s now a “fanatic” for seeing the echoes here in the States.

    Gotcha.

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