F.R. Duplantier reporting Behind The Headlines
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October 29, 2000
Random Thoughts on Paternalism



F.R. Duplantier

by: F.R. Duplantier

The problem with public servants is that they tend to forget that they answer to us, and not vice versa.


Serf City
Some big-city mayors and their urban-planning courtiers envision a solution to the alleged problem of "sprawl" that would, in effect, reestablish the serfdom of the Middle Ages. In the authoritarian fantasies of these self-flattering fatheads, servile city dwellers would be permanently bound to town homes and would require the seldom-granted permission of hizzoner in order to exurbate themselves. The sovereign of such a dopey utopia could ignore the thieving thuggery on his crumbling streets and raise taxes to 50, 75, or 100 percent, even higher! No longer permitted to participate in the peripatetic poll, those pesky peons would be stuck in the city! They would be subject to him, not vice versa. Ah yes, the Middle Ages -- called fondly to mind by would-be lords, less fondly by their designated vassals.

Bullets or Ballots?
There are more than 60,000 armed federal agents in this country, and the time to do something about it is now. Preventing the establishment of a national police force is a whole lot easier than trying to dismantle one that's already been set up. Anyone speaking out against an established force runs the risk of being branded an undesirable, subject to a variety of grim reprisals. The newly empowered authorities will squelch the first few protests, and fear will stifle the rest. The opportunity to preserve our freedom will have been lost, and that freedom will not be regained easily, or without great carnage. Speak up now.

Gaga for Globalism
It should come as no surprise that elitists at dubious redoubts like the Ford Foundation are gaga for globalism. After all, they firmly believe in their own moral and intellectual superiority and feel compelled to inflict it on the rest of us. This is what they live for. Noblesse oblige, and all that jazz. And it's certainly true that it would be a whole lot easier for these unctuous know-it-alls to interfere in the private lives of all the peoples of the world if they had only one set of government officials to bribe, cajole, threaten, and otherwise bend to their will. But maybe we don't want to make it any easier for them.

Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
Foreign bailouts by the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury only precipitate future crises. You get what you pay for. Reward misbehavior or mediocrity and you'll get more of it. Every working stiff in America knows that. Why, then, is it such a hard lesson for the big brains at Treasury and the IMF to get through their colossal skulls? Did they grow up having all their failures subsidized too? Maybe they did. Maybe Mom and Dad were always there with a helping hand and an open checkbook to bail them out whenever they got into trouble. Well, those days are over. They're big boys now, and it's not Mom and Dad's money that they're wasting anymore. It's our money -- yours and mine -- and it's high time somebody was held responsible for squandering it.


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