Two major factors are now in the forefront of impending social upheavals in America – the growing economic destruction wrought by Obamacare and the accelerating surge of systemic unemployment. And there is little help on the way because the polarized sides have no middle ground in which to search for solutions. To even define a middle ground, each side would have to visibly give up their much publicized and long held principles and tenets which found their worldview. And so we proceed apace to the precipice.
The collectivist contingents know well that large scale civil unrest is more likely with each announced executive order and bureaucratic regulatory diktat. Preparations for such disorder have been well documented in these pages (more here and here). To this we add today’s announcement that the idyllic mountain community of South Lake Tahoe has just received its war machine for the purpose of “saving lives”. NPR (KXJZ) announced this morning the delivery of an almost new $600,000 MRAP fighting vehicle sporting a heavy weapons turret that is a gift to the community from DHS. With one of these on their side, the authorities expect to snuff out any nascent popular uprising or resistance. It’s your guess as to which lives will be ‘saved’ in such an encounter.
But that’s not the main point I want to cover here. The continuing conundrum is the cognitive dissonance in the minds of collectivists when it comes to economics and human nature. The collectivist believes that attendant costs do not affect the behavior of humans and businesses; that members of each category will behave unchanged as costs – be they taxes or wages – go up or down. Therefore those considerations go by the board as the central planners fashion and implement public policies.