Edward Snowden: Government intrusion and free markets

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WASHINGTON, January 22, 2014 — Edward Snowden has revealed the government’s ongoing intrusion into our lives, suggesting that we are in a world of ‘big government’ rather than a true free market society where ideas thrive.

A free market has been explained by countless economic philosophers as a condition when anybody can bring their produce to market, whether that product is oranges, an automobile or a webpage. It is a condition where anybody can offer their service to market. Anybody can bring their ideas to the market to share with others. The market is created by humans it can be controlled or it can be free. When it is free it thrives, much produce is offered, the best produce desired, yahoo survived, many search engines died. Services are abundant, ideas compete and those proven to be true accepted.

Let us be honest with ourselves: if anybody can bring their product, service, and ideas to market, only equality before the law can allow a free market to thrive. A law guaranteeing we are all equal is necessary.  Everyone must be equal to allow the market to work. We must be equal to the government, an institution that serves our interests. Its role is limited to ensuring we are all equal, we can all bring our goods, services and ideas to market.

All societies have different cultures, but there are similarities depending on size of government. Large governments create a culture where all know their place, special interests are served and there is no equality before the law. Government is large because it is protecting those with access to the government. The government’s role is no longer about keeping people free to bring what they have to market, it becomes about protecting those with access to government from competition.

Such governments fear those they govern. There is a culture of paranoia, fear, suspicion, and entitlement from those with access to government. They expect the government to do their bidding. The government protects them, and they fear a better product, service, or idea from an outsider, always a we and a them.

The free market is about we, it is being misrepresented when people say its about me, me, me. Big governments are about me, me, me, access to a politician guarantees wealth, cell phone operating licenses, casino’s, banks, and everything else. People must be kept in line by a huge domestic security apparatus, people know it is unfair.

That domestic security apparatus is there to defend the government and those with access to the government. It monitors and predicts  who is likely to revolt against the oppression, those likely to revolt are demonized as enemies of the people, or potential domestic terrorists, same thing different language.

You bring your goods, services and ideas to market, and we the people judge them, that is the free market. We are all equal, we offer value for value, and as a culture we accept that. That is the free market, you cannot refuse an idea that is correct because the person is a different religion, race, or gender, that is no longer a free market, you don’t have the right to refuse correct science, that is against the spirit of the free market.

If we are offering value for value, I am paying the government to do certain jobs, there is no way on earth any human will willingly pay the government to be spying on them, that is why it’s called spying. If it wasn’t something evil, to spy on your citizens, the government would ask people can I read your emails, nothing will happen to you, the answer will be no. Why give information about your love life, business deals to a stranger.

What is the government offering in return? Not security. If a government has enough resources to spy on a citizen, maybe that citizen is giving the government too much money, or worse, the government knows it is about to take action in the near future that will take away many of my rights.

In a free market, the government has limits, legally and culturally, to maintain equality before the law, to keep people free to be and find ways to fulfill their potential, there are no special interests. Special interests already suggest inequality.

To have freedom, believe and understand the free market and its requirements. Remember value for value. The government is supposed to be your security, especially if it is for the people by the people.

When you pay a security guard to look after your premises you don’t expect them to be the ones who break in read your notes, check your dairies, look at your receipts, that would be a break of trust.


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