American Consequences - May 2020

wealth, and improve society in the midst of a socialist nightmare that seeks to depreciate or subjugate almost anything of value. The root problem is that political control of the economy is for sale, particularly during the “Presidential Auction Cycle” that occurs every four years. The solution is to remove the government from control of the economy. If politicians have no control, bribing them buys no favors. It took about 1,000 years to separate religion from government, so people who claimed to speak to God and wanted to control everyone could not enforce their frauds with guns. Let’s hope the next stage, the separation of government and the economy, will come much faster. – John S. P.J. O’Rourke comment: John, as to your analysis of capitalism as it is being un - practiced today, I am reduced to a single word of response: “Yes.” As to your wish for the future, however, I find myself less affirmative. Not that I don’t share your desire for a “separation of cash and state.” As you pointed out, it took a long, long time to get the political elite to quit dragging God into their politicking. But I think it will take even longer to get them to quit dragging money in. I refer you to a comment made by H. L. Mencken 84 years ago in his column in the Baltimore Sun , “Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”

between 10 percent and 20 percent of Americans had already been exposed to the virus, which doesn’t even cause symptoms in up to half of the people who carried it. And most stupidly of all, while telling us to stay home, the government did virtually nothing to stop the biggest conductor of this airborne virus in the world: the NYC subway. But hey, they did arrest surfers and golfers ... and hair dressers ... and shut down every national park. These are the morons we are supposed to listen too? Just watch what happens next to the U.S. dollar, our free markets, and the middle class. A real disaster is coming and it’s got nothing to do with the virus. It’s the boneheads who believe that printing trillions will prevent the economic consequences of these decisions. Apparently they’ve never shared a pizza. Cutting more slices doesn’t make more pie… Gee, I wonder why Bitcoin has doubled this month...? Probably a Chinese conspiracy. Re: The Great Cessation I enjoyed much of Todd Buchholz’ “The Great Cessation.” But one needs to address the first Great Cessation... the cessation of capitalism itself. No one who understands capitalism would agree that today’s economic morass is remotely capitalist. That said, it is a testament to the human spirit that a few people still find a way to achieve, grow

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