American Elephants

Words to Remember About Equality and Freedom by The Elephant's Child


Here’s another of those things well said, that need to be remembered. It comes from William Voegeli’s book The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion.

Economist Dierdre McCloskey calculates that in “the countries that most enthusiastically embraced capitalism” some two hundred years ago, real, per capita economic growth has increased by 1 .5 percent annually. Owing to the miracle of compound interest, this increase has meant a 19-fold increase in living standards over the past two centuries, which, she contends, is a “change in the human condition” that “ranks with the first domestications of plants and animals and the building of the first towns” McCloskey argues that this enormous economic result had a cause that was cultural rather than economic. Humans did not suddenly become more acquisitive or creative. Rather, “when people  treat the marketers and inventors as having some dignity and liberty, innovation takes hold. The new respectability of bourgeois life, the belief that the creativity of capitalism’s creative destruction more than offset its destruction, was the decisive attitudinal change that rendered human life in the past two centuries decisively different from what it had been throughout the preceding millennia.”

And from the late Russia scholar Richard Pipes: Property and Freedom

The trend of modern times appears to indicate that citizens of democracies are willing heedlessly to surrender their freedoms to purchase social equality (along with economic security) apparently oblivious of the consequences. And the consequences are that their ability to hold onto and use what they earn and own, to hire and fire at will, to enter freely into contracts, and even to speak their mind is steadily being eroded by government  bent on redistributing private assets and subordinating individual rights to group rights.

One more from Milton Friedman:

A society that puts equality – in the sense of equality of outcome – ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality or freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.

The Caravan Moves On And the Questions Multiply. by The Elephant's Child

A second “caravan” has been formed and crossed the border from Honduras into Guatemala on Sunday, and on to the town of Chiquimula by Monday night.  The first Caravan (the name the media has conferred) which has been estimated at over 7,000 by the UN, the Mexican newspaper El Universal says it has swelled to around 14,000. A Fox News crew traveling with the caravan has footage showing trucks handing out food, water and toilet paper to the migrants.

Oddly, no one has mentioned whether these people have television at home and if they have seen the vast caravans of migrants making their way to Europe and settling in. These are not spontaneous uprisings. but organized and paid groups. Investor’s Business Daily says:

The “caravan” of illegal immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras now making its way to the U.S. border is no accident. The timing, planning and financing of this tragic parade has but one intent: to disrupt and influence our midterm elections. Is this what the left means by “election meddling”?

The heart-rending shots of dirt-poor people from Central America have been making the evening news, which pretends this is some kind of spontaneous movement to come to the U.S. rather than an organized attempt at disruption.

Women and children have been shoved to the fore of the columns to hide the fact that many of the 4,000 to 10,000-strong throng of people are in fact working-age males, not families. Already, in crossing the narrow entry from Guatemala into Mexico, the peaceful “caravan” members got violent, injuring four Mexican border police who stood in their way. It prompted a response from Mexico’s president.

Representative Louis Gohmert (TX) has suggested using the RICO statutes to find out where the funding is coming from, Chavista Venezuelan oil money is suspected since the Chavista’s stated desire is to flood America with indigent migrants. They have ties to the Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a well known Chavez-supporting Honduras group. Soros is suspected. The media are not interested. Somebody is supporting pre-arranged and paid-for trucks which the migrants are climbing aboard.

But the migrants are also breaking into Mexican grocery stores and helping themselves to everything. They are already leaving behind all sorts of stuff in a mess, but including strollers and bedding. All will become clearer as time passes. It’s a long way walking up through Mexico to the border. Fox News interviewed one migrant who said that there are criminals “everywhere” in th crowd. Other sources have identified Bangladeshis. It is very likely that there are MS-13 and other terrorists among the numbers.

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