Election 2012

Politics & Culture

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Mega-themes

The following archived content provides rich background on the over-arching themes prominent in this year's election.

Producers v. Expropriators

 This election is the latest battle in America’s civil war between producers, who earn their own way and prosper through their own efforts, and expropriators, who depend on government to provide benefits taken from others. Producers have been cowed by those who resent their success, and by the claim that they are their brothers' keepers. America is on the road to collapse like many European countries today. To save themselves and the country, producers should take pride in their achievements, should refuse to sanction their own victimization, and should demand the political right to pursue their rational self-interest as they see fit. The following archived content illustrates this theme of producers vs. expropriators.

True Capitalism v. Crony Capitalism

 Citizens, candidates, and commentators must make a crucial distinction between true capitalism and crony capitalism. In the former, entrepreneurs make profits by risking their own assets to produce goods and services that they sell to willing customers. In the latter, predators use political influence to obtain special favors or bailouts from government at the expense of their competitors and the taxpayers. Only a separation of economy and state will eliminate today’s political corruption which is wrongly blamed on true capitalism. The following archived content highlights the difference between true capitalism and crony capitalism.

A Culture of Independence vs. Servitude

Most political and election battles reflect conflicts between two cultures. In a culture of independence, citizens seek to run their own lives and to take responsibility for achieving their own goals and happiness. They demand the liberty to act in their own self-interest as they see fit, without interference from paternalist politicians. In a culture of servitude, subjects expect paternalist politicians to treat them like helpless children. They insist that their neighbors take responsibility for providing them with the material means of life. Thus they support all-powerful governments that can redistribute wealth. The following archived content highlights the difference between these two cultures.