Friday, May 14, 2010

Economics, a zero sum game?

I read this quote from Science Czar John Holdren last night. In case you aren't familiar with Holdren, he is one spooky dude. He's written in favor of forced abortions and sterilization (even going so far as putting sterilants in the drinking water). He's also in favor of global governance. Go look him up.

Anyway, he said:

"I think ultimately that the rate of growth of material consumption is going to have to come down, and there’s going to have to be a degree of redistribution of how much we consume, in terms of energy and material resources, in order to leave room for people who are poor to become more prosperous."

This triggered my thoughts to something I'd read recently in A Patriot's History of the United States.

In discussing the reasons Spain did not have more success colonizing the new world, especially when compared to the English, the authors wrote:

"Another factor that retarded Spain's success in the New World was its rigid adherence to mercantilism, an economic theory that had started to dominate Europe. Mercantilism held that wealth was fixed....and for one nation to get richer, another must get poorer."
And it hit me, these people (meaning the crazies in the Obama regime and beyond) think the world is a Zero Sum game. They fail to see that the American experiment in freedom, liberty and individual rights raised the standard of living of everyone in this country to levels above that in the rest of the world.

They think we got rich off the backs of poorer nations. If these poorer nations would adopt the same principles, they too could see the kind of prosperity America has had. There is a correlation between oppression and poverty. The more oppressed the citizens, the less secure property rights, the more tyrannical the government, the more poverty there is.

These Eco-greenie-global-governance people are subscribing to 16th century ideas!


  1. Wow! Good post. You obviously are not a recent product of the public schools--you actually read and think!

  2. This reminds me of something my mother (who is narcissistic, by the way) misunderstood one day in the 1970s....I had told her that we could have a win-win relationship. Her response, "Why do you get to win twice, dear?" No concept of win-win!

    The US has had the win-win attitude since inception, never win-lose. We are a God-based people which is why we are generous and loving. We work hard and like to help others to be successful too. Conservatives and Liberals alike understand the efficacy of this. (But apparnetly, not Progressives.)

    What psychology is bringing us to this changed win-lose ( Our elected president.

    As a society, we need to look at the leaders we elect and recognize that their personal psychological makeup is brought to the workplace.
    Having a narcissistic leader must naturally lead to the kinds of behavior (including pushing ideas the populace doesn't want and surrounding self with like-minded idiots) that we are now seeing.

    Yes, character does count.

    Make sure you count! LEARN THE TRUTH. SPEAK UP. VOTE.

    DO NOT allow our freedoms to be cast away by executive orders.

  3. Gail ellen--You're gooood...A very astute comment!