My earlier post concluded with a video of Adam Kokesh interviewing some ‘Occupy DC’ protesters, who seemed to be clueless as to what are the real causes of and solutions to Wall Street-Washington corporatist gangsterism. While these protesters consist of people with a wide mix of ideologies, from Tea Partiers and anti-Fed people to leftists and unions, one potentially big problem is those groups of the left who want more government intrusion and regulations.
The Richmond Tea Party blogger expresses concern about the Van Jones-inspired “progressive counter-balance” to the Tea Party movement. And Ticker Guy Karl Denninger notes how some of the protesters are calling for outright communism as the solution to America’s economic crisis. Denninger want to know where the Tea Party is on this, and why haven’t they gotten directly or more actively involved in the current Wall Street protests.
One problem with the protesters on the left is their general economic ignorance. They need to learn about how Federal Reserve and government intrusions into business and private economic matters cause distortions in markets and prices, result in higher unemployment and inflation (e.g. see here).
Another worse problem from the left — who are currently in control at the White House — is their constant craving, as recently exemplified by Elizabeth Warren, for more and more government regulations and intrusions into the economy, and more treating businesspeople as criminals, with higher taxes and presumption-of-guilt reporting requirements and regulatory dictates.
As I tried to point out recently here and here, the Left or “progressives” become their own worst enemy as far as the conflict between protests and police-thuggishness is concerned, because the recent expansion of police powers and intrusions, and encouragement of police intimidation and “overkill,” have been a direct result of the left’s own regulatory police state. When you create more regulations for businesses as well as for the population in general, who do you think it is that’s employed to enforce such regulations? Just look at all the police S.W.A.T. raids now, with raw milk, guitars, “insider traders,” etc.
Government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action.… Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.
We need more freedom, not more government intrusions into private economic matters. What we have now is a collusion between Big Business and Big Government, a corporatist-State dictatorship, regulatory police state. In America, all matters of trade and commerce between and amongst individuals and groups must be voluntary, and all contracts must remain private and not violated by the trespassers of the government and the police. Murray Rothbard explains contracts here, and see Mises on Free Banking and Contract Law.