What’s the Beef?

A major obstacle to the message of freedom and using the Constitution as the Founding Fathers intended is the preconceived notion that problems in society or in the market won’t be solved unless the Federal Government is involved. The thinking is that only until a law is passed in Washington about (fill in the blank) can we breathe easier and worry less as citizens. Real solutions and results seem to take a back seat to the false security in thinking that the government will take care of the problem. Extending this false asumption many feel that it would be less than moral if the government didn’t step in and save the day.

Some examples dripping with this preconceived notion are illustrated in two articles found in the New York Times AP News Index. One deals with the push for laws against slaughterhouses to avoid the recent meat recalls that happened after employees were caught abusing cattle in a California slaughterhouse, the other article focusing on congress pushing once again for legislation to enfore drug testing in U.S. sports leagues such as the NBA, MLB, and NFL.

Government and its role in our lives will continue to inflate and expand as long as it is assumed that in cases such as these the only sucessful solution centers around instituting laws that will hopefully ensure correct behavior in the future. More laws and more government intervention is not the answer. Paleoconservatism and Austrian economics shatter this preconceived notion replacing it with much more inspiring and liberating thought; ideas centered around “we the people” instead of the government.

Finding viable solutions to problems such as these and reversing the inflated role government plays today requires a complete re-thinking of the role of government in the marketplace. Is it really the government’s role to legislate how sports leagues and slaughterhouses conduct their businesses? A solution, no matter how cleverly crafted or well thought, will never sucessfully address the problem it is designed to solve if based upon false assumptions.

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Filed under Austrian Economics, Paleoconservatism, role of government

2 responses to “What’s the Beef?

  1. plato04

    A significant intellectual hurdle for most is to understand how private individuals can solve these problems better than the federal government. This is not always an easy task. But it is possible, and it is necessary for us to re-think our blind faith in near omnipotent government powers. Freedom and individuals can solve these problems, and can do so better than the government can.

  2. mormonpaleo

    The Mises Institute has an interesting read from Murray N. Rothbard establishing the argument that animals don’t have natural rights as humans do. Rothbard does an excellent job addressing the problems that arise when one incorrectly assumes that animals do have natural rights as humans.

    As for private individuals solving problems better than free markets, it really comes down to the fact that the pressure consumers and private individuals can put on a private organization or company leads to more effective change so that all parties involved are benefited. The government doesn’t have the incentive for change as private individuals and organizations do in the free market.

    Looking at the slaughterhouse example, supermarkets and restaurants have a vested interest in slaughterhouses selling quality meat products. If the slaughterhouses sell inferior products resulting ultimately in customers getting sick those vested businesses will pressure the slaughterhouse to change practices and produce higher quality products to please their customers. If the supermarkets and restaurants don’t do anything they may end up losing customers and thus make less profit. Animal welfare groups will see more change occur if they work with the supermarkets and restaurants to pressure the slaughterhouses to ensure abuses aren’t committed in the future. The government doesn’t have the vested interest in the slaughterhouses as the private individuals and companies do and therefore can’t effective enact change by increasing government involvement.

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