Putting Bureaucracy First


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Capitalists are as bureaucratic and regulatory as the Left. I call it the Mises-Marx axis of evil. The false dichotomy between socialism and capitalism is revealed in a single question:

Officer, am I free to gambol* about plain and forest?

Marx: Nyet!
Mises: Nyet!

Both are aggressive supporters of agricultural city-Statism (civilization.) Both require enforcing big-government regulation on the land that creates artificial "property" borders to restrict the free movement of free people to live a Non-State society lifeway.

* The concept of a Non-State society's foraging in the word "gambol" above is further explained in the following passage [my caps]:

Why agriculture? In retrospect, it seems odd that it has taken archaeologists and paleontologists so long to begin answering this essential question of human history. What we are today—civilized, city-bound, overpopulated, literate, organized, wealthy, poor, diseased, conquered, and conquerors—is all rooted in the domestication of plants and animals. The advent of farming re-formed humanity. In fact, the question "Why agriculture?" is so vital, lies so close to the core of our being that it probably cannot be asked or answered with complete honesty. Better to settle for calming explanations of the sort Stephen Jay Gould calls "just-so stories."

In this case, the core of such stories is the assumption that agriculture was better for us. Its surplus of food allowed the leisure and specialization that made civilization. Its bounty settled, refined, and educated us, freed us from the nasty, mean, brutish, and short existence that was the state of nature, freed us from hunting and gathering. Yet when we think about agriculture, and some people have thought intently about it, the pat story glosses over a fundamental point. This just-so story had to have sprung from the imagination of someone who never hoed a row of corn or rose with the sun for a lifetime of milking cows. GAMBOLING ABOUT PLAIN AND FOREST, hunting and living off the land is fun. Farming is not. That's all one needs to know to begin a rethinking of the issue. The fundamental question was properly phrased by Colin Tudge of the London School of Economics: “The real problem, then, is not to explain why some people were slow to adopt agriculture but why anybody took it up at all.”

~Richard Manning, Against the Grain, p.24