This op-ed from Walter Williams comes the same week that the World Bank has proclaimed publicly that it “will end extreme poverty by 2030.” If the institution wants to end such human desperation it would be wise to encourage the rule of law and free markets (and free prices).
They arrest people for feeding homeless people in some cities. And God forbid you are a doctor in Mississippi with an excellent reputation who wants to treat people for free. Can’t have that.
Many of Dr. Landrum’s patients can’t afford to drive to a doctor’s office. So he comes and sees them. I thought that was called a “house call.”
Why do the busybodies have to regulate EVERYTHING?
India has long been mired in socialism. Bureaucracy ran and continues to run through the country’s massive system of governance. As I understand it, to get anything done in India for many years the paperwork had to be done in triplicate and processed a half dozen times. And then one got a new pile of paperwork.
But times are changing. India has opened up quite a bit over the last 2 decades, and it looks like even more light will be shining into the economy soon.
Hernando de Soto is one of my favorite economists. (Though as with almost anyone I disagree with him on some important points.) A champion of capitalism and everyday people he is my kind of guy.
His argument basically goes like this:
Poor people are shut out of economies. Cronyism and red tape make building businesses almost impossible. In many countries the poor remain permanently on the margins of society. The poor typically have no property rights (even if they’ve been on a piece of land for generations for instance) and enforceable contracts do not often exist. As a result this situation limits access to capital – no one will provide a loan on a piece of property for which there is no deed – which then keeps the poor poor.
Why is it that these sort of programs never seem to help the people for which they are intended? Ever notice that?
This is the title of a Yahoo News story.
And his wife makes $400,000 per year.
The economist offering this “solution” has been feted by the Obama White House economic staff, the International Monetary Fund, and by many of the people running world economies today. His ideas are definitely “in play.”
People often think that property rights benefit those with the most property the most. This isn’t true however. It is actually the poor who in terms of quality of life, benefit most.
More thoughts on the Pope and capitalism.
Capitalism (free markets and free prices) puts power in the hands of everyday people. Crony capitalism (a form of socialism) puts power in the hands of the privileged. The Pope appears to miss this very important point.
We spend a good amount of time arguing against the expansion of the state. We particularly don’t like it when the state and special interests, banks, other large industries, unions, etc, come together with the state. We argue that the state must be reduced in size to reduce the system of corruption we now are witness to.
Poland is raiding the accounts of retirees. Italy is likely to do the same soon. New Zealand and even Canada (according to the attached article) are seriously contemplating seizures of retirement assets. One would be foolish to assume that American leaders are not thinking along similar lines.
How much of that time will we be stuck with crony capitalism? Let’s get our economic and political act together.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, has raised more people out of abject poverty than free market capitalism. And I don’t mean a mixed system with some socialism and somewhat free markets here and there. I am talking about the real deal, where prices are free to move, free market CAPITALISM. This stands in direct conflict with what many of us have been taught of course.
Though the Lifeline program which provides phones to the poor free of charge has been around since 1985, the program has tripled in size in the past 4 years. One of the greatest corporate beneficiaries of the Lifeline program has been TracFone which gets nearly a quarter of the $2.2 billion in taxpayer dollars allocated. TracFone is owned by Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world.