Things I've Tagged ‘Republicanism’

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#Capitalism, #Economy, #Republicanism

Let it Die

I read a rather interesting piece this morning, LET IT DIE: Rushkoff on the economy, describing the nature of the makeup of our economy as “a system set in place for the benefit of 14th Century monarchs who have long since left this earth.”

And this makes sense to me. What Ruskoff proposes might even be more libertarian and laissez-faire than simply keeping government out of business.

It is a call to return to economic transactions that make sense on the local level. Exchanging real goods and services and creating real wealth in those exchanges. I’m blown away by this and wish that it could be, but know that it will not. Not until modern civilization collapses at least.

Rushkoff states:

As painful as it might be to watch, and as irritating as it might be to those with shrinking retirement savings, the collapse of the centralized corporate economy is ultimately a good thing. It makes room for a real economy to rise up in its place. And while it may be temporarily uncomfortable for the rich, and even temporarily devastating for the poor, it may be the fastest and least violent way to dismantle a system set in place for the benefit of 14th Century monarchs who have long since left this earth.

…The current financial crisis is the best opportunity we have had in a very long time for a bloodless revolution against the faceless fascism under which we have been living, unaware, for much too long. Let us seize the day.

Indeed. I start to think, after reading this piece, that perhaps early politicians were right to oppose a central bank; the articles of confederation might have had it right.

#Government, #Liberty, #Politics, #Republicanism

We hear praise of a power-wielding, arm-twisting President who ‘gets his program through Congress’ by knowing the use of power…[some] of the current worship of powerful executives may come from those who admire strength and accomplishment of any sort.

Others hail the display of Presidential strength simply because they approve of the result reached by the use of power. This is nothing less than the totalitarian philosophy that the end justifies the means. If ever there was a philosophy of government totally at war with that of the Founding Fathers, it is this one.

Barry Goldwater

#Conservatism, #Politics, #Regan, #Republicanism

Conservatism in the words of Regan

This is what I believe in and fight for; this is where my government belongs; this is conservatism. The progressive/liberal attitude today does not reflect the mood of the constitution nor the mood of the people, but merely the mood of change.

The words Regan spoke in 1975 are a stark reminder of what we face from the slow boil of socialism; it is unnerving, really, that Regan’s words can still mean so much in 2009, but less so when you consider the unchanging nature of the progressive agenda.

Read through this speech and find the parallels I found. This speech was brought back to my attention via a reminder, and some interesting commentary, from Bookworm Room. It truly is interesting indeed.

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#Obama, #Republicanism, #Socialism

Obama’s Innauguration

Here we go folks. It’s time for the great experiment in European style social welfare. The ideals of republicanism are long dead, ignored more and more by the major parties for the past 145 years.

What is republicanism? From wikipedia:

As John Adams put it, “They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.”

As the federal government continues to gather power, it has begun to abuse the rule of law, the constitution, to interpret those laws in a way that justifies the power it has given to itself.

This is not the result of Obama’s election, this is the result of the Civil War and the government that it created. One of centralized power, power not expressly given to it in the constitution.

I will grant that unification of the States and abolition of slavery were important and necessary, but the idea of the sovereignty of the states and their preeminence in all matters of government died in that war simply because the federal government felt it had the authority to usurp power from the states; that is the philosophy that has dominated for the last 145 years and led us to European style social welfare.