Friedrich Hayek Wants State-Run Universal Healthcare

“Nor is there any reason why the state should not assist individuals in providing for those common hazards of life against which, because of their uncertainty, few individuals can make adequate provision. Where, as in the case of sickness and accident, neither the desire to avoid such calamities nor the efforts to overcome their consequences are as a rule weakened by the provision of assistance, where, in short, we deal with genuinely insurable risks, the case for the state helping to organise a comprehensive system of social insurance is very strong.

There are many points of detail where those wishing to preserve the competitive system and those wishing to supersede it by something different will disagree on the details of such schemes; and it is possible under the name of social insurance to introduce measures which tend to make competition more or less ineffective. But there is no incompatibility in principle between the state providing greater security in this way and the preservation of individual freedom.”

–Economist Friedrich Hayek, calling for the state to ‘organise a comprehensive system of social [health] insurance,’ in his book, ‘The Road to Serfdom (1944)’

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Lots of Conservatives Like Sports

Lots of conservatives like sports. All of the “big four” American sports have some variation on salary caps (maximum wages), revenue sharing (re-distribution of wealth from the top to the bottom), or both. Lots of conservatives understand this is necessary for the sport to be fair and worthwhile. Lots of conservatives, apparently, are incapable of very obvious analogical thinking.

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‘Socialism’!? Go Fuck Yourself.

Excuse me: before anyone else ever again calls the current Federal government we have “socialist,” please take a minute to ponder going and fucking yourself, and then go learn something instead. Or do both. In 1942, Franklin Roosevelt and the Treasury Department recommended Congress pass a 100% — yes, one-hundred-fucking-percent — income tax on all salaries above $25,000. In today’s dollars, that’s $380,000. Then capped out. No more. No mas. It was actually *in the public fucking discourse* in your grandparents’ lifetimes to set a *maximum wage* — a maximum-fucking-wage! Imagine that! — at under half-a-million puny bucks in today’s dollars.

And guess what, kiddos? The compromise: 88%! Eighty-fucking-eight-percent, on everything earned over $200,000! Yet somehow *I am now asked to sit there and listen to ignorant morons* shit-mouthedly claim President fucking Obama, who governs to the right of Richard Nixon, represents the “left wing,” “liberalism,” “progressivism,” or “socialism”? Suck a fucking bleached-white egg. We have two parties in this country: the right-center Democrats and the far-right Republicans. And they are both engaged in Mussolini’s precise definition of Fascism: the merger of corporate and state interests.

Remember, again, the big piece of “socialism” we’ve gotten under the current regime — Obamacare — is a mandate to give profits to *private businesses*, and a version of it was pushed by Richard-fucking-Nixon. So let’s not pretend anymore there is a left-wing movement with a voice in this country, shall we? Because if there were, they’d be calling for things like maximum wages, and electing the human who pushed for them again, and again, and again, and again.

And then that human would put Arabs in internment camps.

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Machiavellian Republican Racism

“You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’ — that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like ‘forced busing, states’ rights,’ and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now [in the Reagan era], you’re talking about ‘cutting taxes,’ and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… ‘We want to cut this’ is much more abstract than even the ‘busing’ thing and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘nigger, nigger.’”

–Lee Atwater (in 1981, speaking of his strategy on how to get southern votes for the Republican Party). Atwater was Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1989 – 1991), and before his death, consultant to Presidents Reagan and Bush I, and Karl Rove’s political partner.

From the Horse’s Mouth:

‘Equality of Opportunity’ My Fucking Asshole

You want to talk about ‘equality of opportunity’ in this country? Give me a fucking break. Take two newborns. We’ll call one ‘A’ and one ‘B’. ‘A,’ like many of us, has some degree-or-other of assets. One or two parents; public school; assisted lunches; whatever. ‘B,’ like a few of us, has parents who put, say, $1,000,000 in a trust fund for him at birth. At a rate of return of 5%, this trust fund throws off $50,000 in dividends and/or capital gains annually, which may be used for ‘B”s benefit, or which may be reinvested to gain even handsomer sums in the future.

Here is where the bullshit myth of ‘equality of opportunity’ lies. The $50,000 ‘B’ is earning each year, from birth, for doing absolutely nothing at all (other than being formed of a fortuitous semen-and-egg combination), earns more than the median income of a full-grown adult working full-time in our nation. Newborn baby > full-ass-grown-full-time-working human, by fortune of sperm-and-fucking-egg. Of course ‘B’ will neither be attending public school nor eating assisted lunches (remember, Ketchup = a vegetable serving!). But that is not the point. The point is: it is as if ‘B’ were born with a clone, or a slave, capable of earning on its own, at the same time ‘B’ himself earns. That clone, or slave, is his money. Money makes money, and at the right principal balance, it does so more quickly than human labor does. ‘B’ was born with a money-earning-money-slave that will work for him, so he can choose his own path.

‘B’ is now free to entertain a path in the arts, culture, humanities, theater, or whatever else he deems *fulfilling*. To write or idle hours away playing the violin, or charting the stars. A path not open to the vast majority of us, precisely because his manservant, money, is earning for him, while we must earn for ourselves. ‘B”s well-being will assuredly be looked after: janitors will clean his living, working, and playing spaces; nurses attend to his illnesses; and servers attend to his food and other needs. In fact, even his life expectancy will be significantly higher than the national average. And those attending to ‘B’ are the ones born without a money-slave to exploit and grab income-without-labor. So they must labor — and forego a pursuit which might otherwise be their natural calling — for the few born with it, by chance. ‘Equality of opportunity’ my fucking asshole.

A Major Flaw in Capitalism: Marketing

A major flaw in the efficiency of ‘capitalism’ is marketing. In theory, a product should speak for itself. If its qualities are worth giving a profit to a financier of an inventor, word-of-mouth should be sufficient. ‘This thing is worthwhile because it does ______,’ which makes human existence more convenient, fulfilling, or worthwhile. But that is not how free markets work.

Instead, we are force-fed manufactured wants through the ubiquitous barrage of emotionally-charged sales pitches, which are not meant to stimulate our intellectual centers, but instead our sexual centers, our petty human jealousies, or our spiritual emptiness. This cost — the cost of marketing these goods to us in such a way — is captured in the price of the goods. Ergo, a higher price. We consumers pay a premium for goods, for the goods to be emotionally marketed to us to stimulate our urge to buy, which we never consented to in the first instance. The good would be cheaper — a better consumer price — if no such barrage had occurred. But then again, we might not want the shit in the first place, if we weren’t hoodwinked.

What the Fuck Is the Matter with Us?

In yet another of the countless daily reminders of how broken our fucked up, corrupt, Fascist (yes, that is the correct term, the marriage of corporate and state interests, as defined by Mussolini) society is:

Remember when comedian Tracy Morgan got creamed by a Wal*Mart delivery truck because the Wal*Mart driver had been up for 24 hours straight?

Well, current regulations limit truck drivers to 70 hours of driving per week, plus 3 hours per day of loading and unloading, which need not be paid (some Union drivers do get paid for that). Count that up. That’s 13 hour days, on average, driving. Ever drive a long day trip? Ever do it with a multi-ton rig trailing behind you? Ever do it *every single day*, indefinitely, without end?

Well, here’s how our fucking troglodyte, degenerate, sub-human fucking Senate responds. Susan Collins (R – Maine) slipped a provision into an appropriations bill to be voted on this summer to *increase* — yes, FUCKING INCREASE — the maximum hours drivers can drive to EIGHTY FUCKING TWO. 82. That’s now twelve hour days of driving, every day, always, plus the three hours loading/unloading. Eat in car, piss in jug, huff something to try to stay awake, collapse, repeat. Great.

Seems now that since all those who fought for human working conditions 80 – 100 years ago are dead, we have to re-learn the lessons of the past. We’re legislating away basic humanity so the Stateside corporate retail fronts of a Communist autocracy can sell more shitty, planned-obsolescence goods here, and further fuck our trade deficit and therefore national debt. What . . . the . . . fuck . . . is . . . the . . . matter . . . with . . . us?

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Nothing, Zero, Zilch

Were the 4,500 dead, tens of thousands of wounded, tens of thousands with PTSD and its concomitant problems, including domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicidality, worth the . . . absolutely nothing, zero, zilch . . . we achieved in return for it? Was the $2,000,000,000,000 we’ve already spent, and the estimated $4,000,000,000,000 we’re going to spend caring for the men we’ve broken worth the . . . absolutely nothing, zero, zilch . . . we achieved in return for it? Well, to KBR, Haliburton, and Blackwater (later Xe, later Academi — why does it keep rebranding?), it was! Who wants to pay out more profits to war profiteers? Let’s do it! Fuck yeah!


“We have been engaged in the Islamic world, at least since 1980, in a military project based on the assumption that the adroit use of American hard power can somehow pacify or fix this part of the world. We can now examine more that three decades of this effort. Let’s look at what U.S. Military intervention in Iraq has achieved, in Afghanistan has achieved, in Somalia has achieved, in Lebanon has achieved, in Libya has achieved, and ask ourselves a very simple question: is the region becoming more stable? Is it becoming more democratic? Are we alleviating, reducing the prevalence of anti-Americanism? If the answer is yes, then let’s keep trying. But If the answer to those questions is no, then maybe it’s time for us to recognize that this larger military project is failing, and is not going to succeed simply by trying harder.”

–Andrew Bacevich, retired U.S. Army Colonel / Professor of History, Boston University

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