Capitalism and free markets have a grip over all things. In fact, they are nothing above the total of voluntary exchanges in the society. According to Rockwell, ‘ we engage in voluntary exchange’, while we buy some product/service. But the same cannot be said for the interactions taking place with the state as we pay under threat of violence, while the state enjoys a greater benefit.
Firms enjoy profits driven by innovations, yet cannot rest on their laurels. This is because others will adopt the same strategy/innovations, resulting in diminishing profits. Thus, the original firm must strive to find newer ways and please their fanbase. On the other hand, the state remains much more static, without facing competitive conditions.
The priorities of the state illogically override your priorities. Can you imagine a corporation trying to launch an attack on innocent people, yet caused the death toll of internal and external refugees to reach millions?
The problem is that even if someone appears to be able to win a favor of the state, it is at the cost of all others. One small group reaps the benefits while most others are ‘expropriated’. All the anti-social effort is dedicated in squeezing favors from the state, but this effort is not for any general prosperity and development.
As Rockwell puts it: ‘the government employees are our servants’. These people are mere staff of an institution deciding how much wealth of our income must be confiscated to fund itself. They also imprison us if we fail to pay, while we have to believe they are our servants?
The government could be justifying that they offer the best possible thing: “people will ‘represent’ your choice and pathetically, he will be one of the individuals among them.”
The very idea of political representation is less meaningful. For instance, in a negotiation, when an agent speaks or acts for a business owner, he assures the interest of the owner is pursued. But, if it is ignored or defended weakly, the owner immediately chooses new representation. You can find none of this resemblance in political representation. Here a representative is chosen by few and is opposed actively by others, but he is referred as being ‘represented’ by all. Even people who voted for this representative, raise a question that, is this vote implying consent to his decision? Definitely, some may have voted for his merits, but others because he is less bad. Here it goes wrong, as others may choose him based on one or two stances, but he may be hostile or indifferent on various other crucial issues.
The basic idea of political representation is meaningless, but is of high importance to the modern state. This is because it helps in concealing many brutal facts, and despite all the talks about ‘free societies’, “self governing” and “popular rule”, most are being ruled.
Lew Rockwell concludes his thoughts:
When the results are announced tonight amid cheers and celebration, then, remember what it all represents: the triumph of compulsion over cooperation, coercion over freedom, and propaganda over truth. The civics textbooks may write with breathless awe about the American political system, but this is by far the worst thing about the US. Rather than celebrate the antisocial world of politics, let us raise a glass to the anti-politics of the free market, which has yielded more wealth and prosperity through peace and cooperation than the state and its politicians could with all the coercion in the world.
This article is a summary from the post Secret Politics published on Lew Rockwell’s