Socialism versus the welfare state

This from a post at Powerline and it is something said by Hayek:

The current situation has greatly altered the task of the defender of liberty and made it much more difficult.  So long as the danger came from socialism of the frankly collectivist kind, it was possible to argue that the tenets of the socialists were simply false: that socialism would not achieve what the socialists wanted and that it would produce other consequences which they would not like.  We cannot argue similarly against the welfare state, for this term does not designate a definite system.  What goes under that name is a conglomerate of so many diverse and even contradictory elements that, while some of them may make a free society more attractive, others are incompatible with it or may at least constitute potential threats to existence.

The welfare state is such a hodgepodge of stupid ideas that no one can tell where things have gone wrong unless you understand how a market works. These are from the comments:

We can never adequately define what the hell Leftists are doing to the country because it’s not really communism but it is definitely not American. That’s what makes it really hard to convince people of the evil nature of what these Leftists are doing. You can’t rebel against something you can’t adequately define.

The phony leftism of modern democrats is not honest leftism of the “frankly collectivist” kind. It’s worse. It’s the worst of all worlds; the excesses of capitalism combined with the destructive bullying of big government. Billionaires set public policy on things like climate and energy, even if it ruins the average worker. Monster corporations are allowed to monopolize market segments and use their monopoly to crush dissent and cancel competitors, as long as it’s in cooperation with the ruling Party. Trillions are taxed, borrowed, and spent to help the little guy, yet somehow all the little guy ends up is an endlessly inflating cost of living and a crash in his retirement account.

Under capitalism, the wealthy become powerful. Under socialism, the powerful become wealthy.

This is the post:

Thought for the Day: Hayek’s Warning

Green energy will bankrupt us

That’s the title of a post at Powerline. The circumstances he discusses relate to Minnesota but the stupidity of the Greens will do us in everywhere.

I cannot imagine anything will save us. We are now so used to government spending which is by nature non-value-adding (do you know what that means?) that it is impossible to think how we could reverse ourselves. We are already going backwards and the conventional wisdom plus the way economics is taught will mean there can never be a consensus on doing what is right.

We are heading into a new feudalism. This is how The Powerline article ends.

I think a global economic meltdown is possible as a result of “green” fantasies. I don’t mean just a recession or garden-variety depression, I mean a collapse in which homes can’t be heated, lights don’t go on, factories shutter, supply lines break down, agriculture is devastated resulting in acute food shortages, a generation’s accumulated wealth vanishes, civilization begins to break down, and hundreds of millions of people–maybe more–may die. “Green” energy doesn’t mean unicorns and fairies frolicking in meadows. It means grim, fatal dystopia.

No one believes it but there us so much ignorance everywhere that when it starts it will persist. And it will come sooner than you think and last a long long time.

Here’s the post:

“Green” Energy Will Bankrupt Us

Anthony Fauci public servant

From a comment at Instapundit:

Fauci paid for gain of function research that created the CCP Wuhan Flu – then lied about it. Gain of function means it MORE easily infects humans and once there it is MORE lethal. Scientists say they do this for SCIENCE. Trying to make better VACCINES. Right.

1918 Spanish Flu – Does anyone here know that has been re-created in labs. 100 guesses who paid it for to recreate it from corpses found in Europe. That’s right – Anthony Fauci…

By the way – remember the Black Death from the 14th century. Has that been recreated? You guessed it:…

“To better understand how the plague worked, researchers could try to resurrect the Black Death pathogen by modifying the genomes of contemporary Y. pestis strains. Although this might sound alarming, research on Y. pestis is already carefully controlled, and even an accidental infection with such a strain could be easily treated with modern antibiotics.”

“Although this sounds alarming, blah, blah, blah it’s “carefully controlled.” You just pop a pill. Right.And anotjer

And another.

The damage done cannot possibly be repaired. We will never be able to get back to where we were. Forget the crimes against humanity, the larger crime, if there is one, is the destroyed trust. And not the trust in institutions, rather the destruction of trust within families and friend groups

One doesn’t need to dig far. Check out the Pfizer clinical trial adverse events, and especially on children. Check out the woefully incomplete Vaccines Adverse Event Reporting System. Check out the ever-increasing excess mortality figures (among those UNDER 60).

We can figure out the why later. We can seek justice later. We need to immediately ensure those jabs get pulled from the market now and those who are still enabling and encouraging the use of the jabs fully learn why that is not a good idea.