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The Government’s Latest Assault on Workers


The government never grows tired of making people’s lives harder than they otherwise need to be, and if the every day struggles of paying the bills and putting food on the table weren’t hard enough, the government, through the wisdom of our enlightened bureaucrats decides that life must be harder on all of us. You would think people would get tired of this, eventually. You would think that workers would eventually rise up in revolution against these malicious attacks, but they cheer it on.

What is this latest assault on workers that I speak of? I’m speaking of course with regards to the government’s recent crackdown on companies hiring illegal immigrants. According to the Wall Street Journal (9/13/13) under the heading, “New Hunt for Illegal Workers”:

The U.S. government has launched a fresh crackdown on employers suspected of hiring illegal immigrants by notifying about 1,000 business across the country in recent weeks they must submit documents for audits. The so-called “silent raids” are the largest since July 2009, according to immigration attorneys, and weren’t publically disclosed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that conducts such inspections.”

In other words, the government is going to force no less than 1,000 different businesses across the country, businesses that are working peaceably and are producing goods/services of value, to go through the pain (and expense) of preparing special documents for audits, in order to target a given group of workers who are doing absolutely nothing wrong.

Those who are more emotional are quick to scream in response, “THEY’RE ILLEGAL!!”, illegal by what standard? “They didn’t go through the immigration process!!” Good for them. The immigration process is, in fact, nothing more than useless paperwork. It proves nothing, it contributes to nothing. It is nothing more than an added cost that the public must pay for, and the cost comes in more than just the cost of paying bureaucrats to process all the paperwork. As Ludwig von Mises keenly pointed out, “There cannot be the slightest doubt that migration barriers diminish the productivity of human labor.”

The reason this is so is obvious; migration barriers hamper the division of labor by diminishing the capacity for labor to go from one area to another.

Thanks to our campaign of Nationalism, so-called “illegal” immigrants are denounced as lazy asshats with a bloated sense of self-entitlement, who pollute our communities with drugs, and rob/kill the otherwise natural citizens. This characterization of undocumented workers is entirely unjustified, and has no factual basis for it in the least, but that won’t stop the die-hard Nationalists from believing in it. Many people denounce this as racist, but this isn’t racist in the least; denouncing all Mexicans as the above would be racist, but you can plainly see that isn’t what’s happening here.

To make matters worse, the die-hard Nationalists consistently try to use economics to justify this nonsense. They try to saw for instance that “illegal” immigrants are taking our jobs. A quick glance at the immigration and job situation thoroughly discredits this idea.

They try to say that “illegal” immigrants are expensive to the tax payer because the tax payer has to bear the costs of healthcare, education, and other benefits that I… just don’t feel like listing. This statement on its own is fair enough, but in reality they are no more expensive that the other people being covered. If the government wasn’t offering these free services in the first place, would the undocumented still be expensive to the tax payer? Of course not, because then the individual would then be paying for his own healthcare, education, etc.. If anything, the undocumented are really doing you a favor; they are highlighting the absurdity of offering these free programs in the first place.

They try to say that “illegals” are bringing in diseases that we had previously wiped out or just weren’t here to begin with. They say that this is so because “illegal” immigrants don’t go through the health screening that “legal” immigrants go through. To thoroughly discredit this idea, you need only ask yourself, “How do you collect evidence for this claim when “illegals” rarely go to hospitals and are rarely caught by the government?” For more information on this, click here to be taken to a page hopelessly destroying the Nationalist (or Nativist if you prefer) myths on immigration.

I just can’t help but wonder when the people at large are going to get sick and tired of the constant lying, the slandering, the pandering to emotions, etc., etc.. For what immigration is supposed to look like, I refer you to some of the finer work that Milton Friedman has done.

 

This is My Farewell Address


I’ve had a lot of projects going on in my head here lately. I had an analysis of the movie A Time to Kill (1996) planned out, I had a critique of the latest bit of nonsense from MarxistMax all drawn out and ready to go, but in this time period, I’ve come to realize something; hardly anyone cares.

My interest in economics (and initially politics) has sharply isolated me throughout the years, and to show you how badly this has happened, let me tell you a true story:

When I wrote my book, “The Little Book of Economic Myths and Fallacies”, I wrote it with the full knowledge that it would never sell a single copy; in fact I lost money when I wrote it because I was handing out free copies at my personal expense. The reason I wrote it was simple; I’ve had so many people tell me over the years that I don’t try to connect with people, that it’s not healthy to be so anti-social, so I decided to write this book to show these people how I think, how I perceive the world, etc.. It was an attempt at reaching out, so to speak.

Who were the main recipients of these free copies that I handed out at my personal expense? Immediate family members and a select few friends, basically the same people telling me all of this other nonsense. Despite their boasts of how proud they were that I had written a book, not only could they not be bothered to buy a copy themselves, they couldn’t even be bothered to make a genuine effort at reading it. In fact my father, who boasted that I am the only one in the entire family tree to ever write and publish a book, told me point blank, in no uncertain terms, “Son, no one cares about this stuff.” Negative criticism I can deal with, but no criticism at all?

I later realized that my studies in economics has caused me to see the world in a different light from everyone else; it has enabled me to interpret with a kind of clarity that very few people have, even amongst the elderly. But then I find out that hardly anyone cares about economics. You have to understand my frustration, which some of you no doubt will find to be unbelievably childish. People are just so satisfied watching television, forming their own little misinformed opinions that they just don’t care about economics, or anything that clashes with this initial perception of reality for that matter.

Quite frankly, I’m tired of all of it. I’m sick of reading about economics, I’m sick of trying to deal with these people that just don’t give a rat’s ass, I’m just all-around tired, and to that end, this is my farewell address. I will not be making anymore posts, nor will I be making any further attempts at interacting with people on this basis. All of my videos on YouTube of me talking about this stuff will be taken down, and I’m not going to focus on anything besides monotonous, irrelevant BS, like video games.

Political Inconsistency/Cultish Behavior


You know, for some people economics is this mathematical science that allows people to predict the state of the future economy. For others, economics is the “dismal science”, i.e., a pseudo-scientific philosophy which rarely (if ever) tells us anything about the real world or makes accurate predictions. For myself, I can fully understand the latter group’s frustration with economics. How many economists told us, for instance, back in 2005-2007 that the economy was doing great, it was going to go even higher, etc.. And bear in mind that all of these economists had very sophisticated equations and models to back their arguments.

To me, economics isn’t a series of math equations or econometric models that predict the future. To me, the science of Economics is observation; it is acknowledging that humans act, i.e., utilize means to achieve pre-determined ends, and deducing from this the most logical conclusions that the actions themselves imply. Once you take and apply this method, you will understand precisely why the empirical/mathematical methodology utterly fails its purpose within the science of economics, but we will save the finer points of that conclusion for later. For right now, however, it is necessary that we take a few cases of complete hypocrisy regarding certain political issues that, at first glance, have nothing to do with each other. We will deal with two issues at the end in which the connection will be painfully obvious.

Rent Control/Minimum Wage:

These two issues, to the untrained eye, have next to nothing in common. Rent control is an act by which the amount of rent that can be charged by a landlord is capped, while Minimum Wage is an act by which employers are forced to pay their employees no lower than a given amount. Proponents of the Minimum Wage will argue fiercely that we need Minimum Wage regulations in order to enforce a “Livable Wage”, to keep the big guys from exploiting the little guys as “Slave Labor.”

Rent Control, however, has little to no supporters. Hardly anyone supports the idea of Rent Control. In fact, in 2011 when Jimmy McMillan, the RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH guy, got evicted from his rent-controlled apartment, The Young Turks ran a segment on it. Cenk Uygur, who everyone knows is my FAVORITE news personality *sarcasm*, had this to say regarding Rent Control.

Quote from Cenk Uygur: “Now, it’s interesting because I actually think that Rent Control is not the right policy, and I think it’s created a lot of weird consequences because of it in New York; people holding onto apartments forever and doing all these shenanigans to pass it to people they know, yada yada yada.

 Of course, Cenk’s analysis doesn’t even cover a fraction of the problems regarding Rent Control, but this has nothing to do with what Rent Control and Minimum Wage regulations have in common at their core (besides being regulations, of course). The truth is, they are both price controls. Rent Control is a downwards control on Rent, Minimum Wage is an upwards control on wages. Price controls, ultimately, have the same effect no matter where in the economy they’re applied, i.e., Demand exceeds Supply and you have shortages as a result. In the case of Rent Control, it destroys existing housing, in the case of Minimum Wage, you doom a portion of the labor force to be unemployed indefinitely. But notice, Cenk Uygur is a fervent supporter of the Minimum Wage, but he opposes Rent Control as not being the right policy even though they are both, at their core, the exact same principle applied in two different directions.

 

Immigration/New Technology:

Ok, now this one is a head-scratcher. How can immigration possibly have anything to do with New Technology? How can someone be a hypocrite by supporting one but not the other?

The answer is simpler than it first appears. One needs only to consider what the ultimate effects of Immigration and New Technology are to see what they have in common. Immigration is that process by which people from foreign lands migrate from their home country in order to set up residence in another country. The effect this has on National Labor is immediately seen; the native laborers must compete with the laborers from the foreign lands for employment, thus driving down wages. The Protectionist exclaims that this is horrible; immigration should be restricted in order to protect National Labor against foreign competition. Why? Because Foreign Labor is willing to work for less than Native Labor. This competition creates unemployment for the Native Laborers, which puts us, ultimately, in a state of dependency on Foreign Labor and Foreign Investment.

New Technology, or Labor-Saving Devices if you prefer, is almost universally embraced (with a few notable exceptions). This wasn’t always the case, however. It used to be that new technology was frowned on. It was seen as the rich finding a way to squeeze the poor by laying them off and keeping the excess profits all to himself. it used to be argued, for instance, that if a machine were invented that would do the work of two workers as opposed to one, the employer would fire one of the two employees (the other would run the machine), and as a result, his income would be absent from circulation and the economy as a whole would suffer for it. Like I said, however, hardly anyone holds this position anymore.

What Immigration and New Technology both have in common is the means by which they operate in the market, and their ultimate effects. New Technology must, initially, compete with existing labor for the right to be used in place of the existing labor. If the New Technology is proven to be effective at the purpose for which it was designed, it begins putting pre-existing labor out of work, and while New Technology does create unemployment in the short-term, in the long-term however we are all better off for it.

Immigration has the same immediate competitive effects. The cheaper Foreign Labor, if it is effective, will put Native Workers out of work. The short-term result in both Immigration and New Technology regarding competition is the same. Ah, but the protectionist would be quick to intervene, “Your proposition is incredibly misleading! Sure, I cannot deny everything you’ve said thus far regarding the effects of Immigration and New Technology as you’ve said it, but you’re forgetting that New Technology doesn’t increase the population by one per new worker! New Technology doesn’t create new burdens on the tax-payer for school/emergency room fees!” I’m sorry to break this to Mr. Protectionist, but New Technology does in fact increase the population, just not in the immediate.

Immigration gives you in the short-run, regarding population increases, that you would’ve had with the New Technology. As the means of production become more efficient, we get greater returns for our labor, most notably in agriculture. More food = more energy for people to make babies. More energy for people to make babies = increase in the population. New Technology and Immigration, therefore, have the exact same long-term effects. It is therefore utter hypocrisy to oppose one on the basis that it creates unemployment, but defend from the other just such a criticism when they both have, in the long-run, the exact same effects.

The War on Drugs/Gun Control:

This is the one I mentioned earlier who’s connection is glaringly obvious. The War on Drugs is considered by many (including myself) to be a colossal failure; a government boondoggle in which billions of dollars has been wasted by housing otherwise harmless people in government-funding prisons, and is responsible for the rise of violent cartels (most notably in Mexico). The case for criminalization runs from “it’s harmful for you and society” to “you can’t be trusted with it”.

Remind me, along what lines does Gun Control go again? Oh yeah… “It’s harmful for you and society” to “you can’t be trusted with it.” The War on Drugs fails for the precise reason that if enough people want an illegal product, there will be a Black Market for said product. Just as in drugs, so too in guns. The same economic principles are at play in both cases, but notice one is being picked in favor of the other, even though the long-term effect of both policies is exactly the same. Once again, it is sheer hypocrisy to favor one over the other.

Conclusion:

The reason these people are contradicting themselves to such an extent is precisely because of their methodology; namely, the mathematical/empirical/statistical/positivistic methodology. The core problem with this doctrine, in my opinion, is the fact that in its line of reasoning, there isn’t any room for any sort of absolute truths. You have a hypothesis, you test the hypothesis, if your hypothesis comes through, you provisionally accept it. But even if your hypothesis comes through, this line of reasoning forces you to remember; it’s just a hypothesis and it could be overturned by the next experiment. As a result of this emphasizing what is seen, what is unseen is completely neglected, and if you point this out, they simply blast you for being “un-scientific”.

This sort of behavior, and line of reasoning, cannot be classified as anything but Cultish.

Idolatry in America


Idolatry is a sin considered to be very grave in the mainstream religions of America (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam). Idolatry is the practice of worshipping an idol (especially physical objects such as statues carved or molded in specific images of a particular deity or god). Now you may be thinking, “Who could accuse every-day Americans of worshipping idols? Surely this is a practice reserved for savages in some third-world country. We live in a country built upon Judeo-Christian laws! Surely we would be smarter than to worship carvings of stone and clay!”

Well, Idolatry is a sin that is sometimes not fully understood. The main problem with the common conception of Idolatry is that it’s assumed (wrongly) that you need to be worshipping a physical object of some kind in order to be accused of Idolatry. In fact, institutions are even more powerful as idols of worship than physical objects of worship (especially in this day and age). An appropriate example of this is to look into the writings of the old Socialist writers. Bossuet, for example, says the following.

“One of the things which was the most strongly impressed upon the mind of the Egyptians, was the love of their country…. Nobody was allowed to be useless to the State; the law assigned to everyone his employment, which descended from father to son. No one was permitted to have two professions, nor to adopt another…. But there was one occupation which was obliged to be common to all, this was the study of the laws and of wisdom; ignorance of religion and the political regulations of the country was excused in no condition of life. Moreover, every profession had a district assigned to it…. Amongst good laws, one of the best things was, that everybody was taught to observe them. Egypt abounded with wonderful inventions, and nothing was neglected which could render life comfortable and tranquil.”

Louis Antoine de Saint-Just provides us with another example.

“The legislator commands the future. It is for him to will for the good of mankind. It is for him to make men what he wishes them to be.”

These men believe that the State is what gives life to all men; it is the State that gives men their form and teaches them virtue. There are many politicians here in America who, while they haven’t admitted so outright, believe in this nonsense, and cannot be convinced of their error. How could they believe that it is the State that gives men their form and teaches them virtue instead of God Almighty!?

Lepelletier provides us with yet another example.

“Considering the extent of human degradation, I am convinced, of the necessity of effecting an entire regeneration of the race, and, if I may so express myself, of creating a new people.”

What!? How can these men be considered great men, and these horrendous writings be taught to our children in the universities!?

The idol being worshipped by the authors of these quotes is the State, and what an impressive idol the State is! It can create the laws of civilization at will; it can tax, subsidize, imprison, legalize, and criminalize whoever and whatever it wants!

You wouldn’t think the State to be an idol. “What!? The State an idol!? What nonsense! The State isn’t some lifeless piece of stone or clay, the State has life, and shows its life in its management of the affairs of civilization!”

The Prophet Mohammed (on whom be peace) pointed out that the idols the Arabic people worshipped had neither the power to help them, nor to hurt them. If you picked up a stone or clay idol, and threw it across the room, could it save itself? Of course not, so how could this same stone or clay idol be of any use to you?

The State has this same problem, with a twist. The State is unlike any other idol in the since that it is, effectively, a living entity as the would-be critic pointed out in the quotation above. The problem with the critic’s analysis however is that he doesn’t address how the State manages to have life in the first place. Does it have life and form on its merit of its mere existence?

The truth is that no collective has a will, or even an existence independent of the individuals which make it a collective. While it is true the State has life, this life has come from the individuals which give it life. Without the individuals of society, the common man, the State could not even exist. He gives life to the State through his compliance with its laws, and his advocacy of its importance.

This in and of itself would not be a problem normally. We need a police force, a military, and courts of law. The problem arises when far too much importance is placed on the State, as in the quotations above, and I must emphasize to the reader that while no politician in this day and age would openly say such things, their actions speak differently. Take for example, Montesquieu, and his belief that the laws, and therefore the legislator, should divide up the fortunes accumulated by the whole of society in order to make the rich poor and the poor rich. Montesquieu says the following on this:

“To sustain the spirit of commerce, it is necessary that all the laws should favor it; that these same laws, by their regulations in dividing the fortunes in proportion as commerce enlarges them, should place every poor citizen in sufficiently easy circumstances to enable him to work like the others, and every rich citizen in such mediocrity that he must work, in order to retain or to aquire.”

Thus, according to Montesquieu, one of the functions of the law, and thus the legislator, and thus the State, should be to commit theft in order to pursue equality!

It is my belief that when you violate one Commandment of God, you are bound to violate another unless you repent. These writers went from worshipping the State as the force that gives life and form to civilization, in direct violation of the Commandment, “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me”, to advocating the law to steal from one group to give to another, in direct violation of another of God’s Commandments, “Thou Shalt Not Steal.”

How can it be that a country built on Judeo-Christian laws could commit these sins on a collective scale? The answer lies in the fact that religious faith is fading, for reasons I will not discuss in depth here, but it is enough to say for now that the main motivation for the denunciation of religious faith in the Western countries is due to the blatant hypocrisy of the Preachers, the Imams, the Rabbis, the religious scholars, and the people who follow them.

Those who either do not have faith in the teachings of God, or don’t know how to apply them to society are in manifest error! They violate, knowingly or unknowingly, the Commandments of God!

The legislators of today act as though they are indeed God, and while some challenge these actions by the legislator, the vast majority of the opposition to these transgressions are skin-deep. Many of them challenge the actions of the legislators/politicians because they would rather have their plans enacted and not those of another man.

A prime example of this today is Paul Ryan, who said of the president’s economic plan, quote;

“By failing seriously to confront the most predicable economic crisis in our nation’s history, the President’s policies are committing us and our children to a diminished future.”

He goes on further to say;

“Are we interested in treating the symptoms of poverty and economic stagnation through income redistribution and class warfare, or do we want to go at the root causes of poverty and economic stagnation by promoting pro-growth policies that promote prosperity?”

But what does Paul Ryan advocate in the place of the current plan? Well, looking at his voting record, he voted YES to making the Patriot Act permanent, YES to $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler, YES to $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending, YES to extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks, and YES to providing $70M for Section 8 Housing vouchers, among other things.

The current president is doing all of these things to a greater extent. If anything, he should be patting the president on the back, but instead, he speaks of values that he himself clearly doesn’t hold, and advocates a plan which differs from the current president only in degree of intensity. Indeed, at their core, the current president (Barack Obama) and Paul Ryan aren’t different at all. We can see quite clearly that the only real problem Paul Ryan has with the current president’s course of action is that it’s the president’s plan and not Paul Ryan’s.

The president (the position, not the person) is yet another idol the general public worships. They expect the president to plan for millions of differing micro-economies, as if anyone but God Almighty could do such a thing! If you don’t believe me, turn on the news and listen very carefully to the commentators and pundits. You’ll hear things such as, “This president’s plan is doing such a great job,” “This president’s plan is failing horribly,” “This president doesn’t have a plan for this or that,” etc. Turn on a presidential debate, and you’ll hear the moderators ask questions such as, “What is your plan for the economy? What is your plan for healthcare?”

How can anyone but God Almighty plan like this!? This is lunacy, and to think that a reasonable person is expected to support this nonsense!

Idolatry is truly an evil sin, and we have to watch the way we conduct ourselves very carefully, especially in this day and age.