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Trust Freedom, Not Statism


One of the things about statists that fascinate me is how they look to the federal government to solve problems facing society, especially when it’s the federal government that is the cause of the problems. Such a mindset might make sense if they were asking federal officials to eliminate what they’re doing that’s causing the problem, but that’s not what statists do. Placing the government in an exalted, even holy, position, they refuse to acknowledge that the government has caused the problems and instead look to government to enact new, similar programs and policies to fix the problems.

Then, when the new programs and policies inevitably make things worse, they absolutely refuse to acknowledge that the new programs and policies have caused the new problems and once again call for government to do the same thing.

That’s how we have reached the point of big spending, big debt, big taxation, and big government in this country.

The statist problem is a doubled-barreled one.

On the domestic side, you’ve got the socialists and the interventionists. Few of them acknowledge that these two philosophies are sending our nation into national bankruptcy, while destroying freedom and morality in the process. Instead, refusing to acknowledge that socialism and interventionism have caused the problems, they call on the government to enact new socialist and interventionist programs to fix the problems.

Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Federal Reserve, minimum-wage laws, and the drug war are all good examples. These socialist and interventionist programs are all considered holy and sacrosanct by statists. Never does the statist consider for a moment that they are among the principle causes of America’s economic woes. Instead, the statist solution inevitably involves expanding these programs and enacting new ones based on the same socialist and interventionist principles.

It’s no different on the foreign side, where statists simply will not let go of their beloved overseas military empire and foreign policy of interventionism. The ever-increasing expenditures on the military and military-industrial complex to pay for the invasions, occupations, sanctions, foreign aid, assassinations, prison camps, and hundreds of overseas bases are heading our country into financial bankruptcy. Yet, the statists take the same position here as they do on the socialist domestic side: Don’t even think of dismantling the empire and interventionism. They are to be considered a given.

And here again, the statists refuse to acknowledge that the federal government is the cause of the problems our nation is facing in foreign affairs. In the mind of the statist, terrorism has nothing to do with the invasions, occupations, sanctions, support of brutal regimes, torture, kidnappings, assassinations, denial of due process, and so forth. The foreign-policy problems, say the statists, are rooted in the fact that Americans are “free” and “religious,” and foreigners hate us for that. Thus, according to the statists, even more imperialism and interventionism is the solution to America’s foreign-policy woes.

What is the true solution to America’s woes?

First and foremost, an honest acknowledgement that statism — socialism, imperialism, and interventionism — is the cause of our nation’s woes. That’s the necessary first step.

Second, the solution then becomes obvious: Don’t reform or try to improve what is causing the problem. Instead, uproot it. End the statist programs and policies. Repeal them. Abolish them. Get government out of the way and unleash the tremendous creativity and spiritualism of the American people!

Faith and trust in statism have failed the American people and have brought nothing but misery, disaster, and loss of liberty.

Faith and trust in freedom, free markets, ourselves, others, and God is the way to restore peace, prosperity, harmony, morality, and freedom to our land.

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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.