We’ve all got to start growing a brain. Then we can use that brain to see through the fog of our common delusions. Here are some examples of myths circulating in today’s “news” that you can see through.
Governments create jobs.
Jobs are work that you do that someone else is prepared to pay you for. Apart from working for the government doing things that the government is prepared to pay you for, the only thing governments do is decide whether to stop you working or not.
Governments can help create the conditions for employment by investing over longer terms than private enterprise is prepared to, and by reducing barriers to working. Governments can also protect work by preventing monopolistic and anti-competitive activity in private enterprise.
Governments do not create jobs. You have skills and desire and when you have the chance to put those to good use you create your own job. The two biggest barriers to full employment today are the lack of marketplaces for micro services and products and minimum wage regulations.
We can’t afford welfare.
Only societies that are dependent on exploitation can afford to pay for comprehensive cash benefits instead of welfare, but no society can afford not to provide welfare for all.
If welfare means sending out checks to cover the market value of every basic need in the society, then it’s true that no one can afford to provide welfare.
If welfare means ensuring that everyone has access to basic life sustaining materials and services, then it’s true that no society can afford not to provide those services to all of their citizens that need them.
The answer to global climate instability and the energy crisis is “X”.
There is no single answer to the problem of moving from the unsustainable exploitation of stored energy resources to the satisfaction of all energy needs from sustainable energy sources. This is a massively multifaceted problem that requires many massively multifaceted responses.
The simple change that will stimulate ALL of the many answers we need, is to price the energy we use today so that it incorporates the future cost of transitioning to new energy infrastructures and sources. It’s called “waste loading” and EVERY product and service, including energy, needs to include the cost of dealing with its waste, in its purchase price.
Private enterprise is the original source of wealth, and it allows us to collect the taxes that support our society.
Our society is actually the original source of wealth, and it’s our social infrastructure that allows private enterprise to exist at all. What part of basic history can we not remember from the oft repeated story of civilization?
Peace allows the flourishing of trade and education, which facilitates the development of infrastructure and technology, which stimulates innovation and enterprise. Without the social structures that engender peace, there is no wealth or enterprise.
We must steal our selves to remember the true order of things, we much pinch ourselves awake from our walking dream. The economy is a child of our society, not the other way around!
There’s nothing we can do about it.
We aren’t bankrupt/trainwrecking/deluded, we just need to change this rate/law/rule.
It’s true that any single problem is amenable, in the short term, to a particular or minor change.
If we didn’t spend money on this, then we could afford that.
If we elected this politician instead of that politician, they would sort something out.
If people were just a little more free, it might work itself out.
If we only had one or two things wrong, if we only had one or two problems, if we could just get through my lifetime without having to address the big picture… then a little change would do.
But there aren’t, we don’t and you can’t. We need system change. Not because we like change, not because we’re jonesing for more excitement, but because the reality of our predicament is that we have arrived at the point of decision and time waits for no one.
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