Obama’s collective action

Amid the media self congratulatory love fest over Obama’s second inauguration (see Newsweeks second coming cover) there wasn’t any time for them to analyze his actual speech. In it he had another Freudian slip when it came to his view of our freedoms. He said that “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action”. By collective action Obama isn’t talking about civic organizations, your neighborhood churches, charities or god forbid, gun owners. No, what Obama is talking about here is the collective action of the Federal Government. That a man who studied at such illustrious schools as Harvard, would still put stock in Marxist Theory, which has over 100 years of evidence showing its massive failure is pretty amazing. Hey Obama, how did all those collective farms in Russia do? Oh that’s right, they had to be “reformed” by Lenin after millions starved to death. Soviet Russia’s collectivist economy eventually collapsed because of its’ inefficiencies and inequalities. F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom or Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom showed that you can’t have political freedom without economic freedom, and collectivism is the antithesis of freedom. Obamacare, which begins the socialization of the healthcare system is an example of collective action to preserve our “right” to healthcare. But as Ronald Reagan told us collectivism will lead to less freedom. “First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government… So, a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him you can’t live in that town, they already have enough doctors”. This is not Obama’s goal some would say, but as Hayek wrote “economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends. So, the road to serfdom in the name of collective action goes. This President will not preserve our freedoms but gradually reduce them.

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