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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Why Are We Here?

Science may infer how we got here, but scientists can never discover why. "Why" is a matter for philosophy and faith. Although comforting and essential to an individual, I've never thought it really mattered to society. If you wake up as an amnesiac and find yourself stranded with many others in the middle of the Amazon jungle, does the "why" really matter to the problem of how to get along? You make the best of it. You try to survive. You try to coexist with your fellow survivors who have varying and contradictory ideas about "how" and "why" and "what now?" This last is something humans can know if we take the time and put our minds to the problem.

It seems to me in such a situation you can proceed along one of two roads: you can attempt to coerce others to act as you prefer them to act, or you can attempt to learn by reason and logic how individuals MUST act in order for all to survive and thrive. Not surprisingly, after about a billion years of failed attempts we still find ourselves at the same crossroad.

When you're young you indulge dreams that all of mankind can and will travel together along the right and proper road. You believe that "love" or some other mystical, unifying "human" spirit will take us all there. But the older you get you conclude that dreams of universal human concord are chimeras. So you stake out your position on the road you conclude you MUST take for your sake and your family's sake, the road that will allow you to survive not only the elements of nature but also the wrath of those staked out along the other road, those whose purpose it is to force you to travel with them.

So far, the story of man has been the history of this struggle.

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