The good news is that we can stop the trend and reverse course. In order to do that we need to understand what the primary causes are that are leading the nation to tyranny.
In part 1 I listed the 7 causes of tyranny that are gaining support.
These causes have been gaining support for many years, but the economic crisis has increased their momentum and created a window of opportunity for the government to push for tyrannical control of the entire economy.
3. Environmentalism – Environmentalism is perhaps the most powerful anti-industry industry in the world.
Supported by the public’s strong desire to do something significant and good for the world, environmentalists have gained tremendous political influence in the last decade.
In many ways the drop in Christian morality has transferred the need to do something good in relationship with God to doing something good in relationship with man. This transfer of desire to do something good and feel important, corresponds perfectly with the increased teaching of humanism in the public schools that I addressed in the previous article.
Only the results are much less effective because humanism is based on the false belief that people are capable from within themselves to turn their lives around and join the collective 'goodness' in the world.
The lack of 'goodness' found in people to protect the environment creates the need to force people to be 'good' by strong arming them with government regulations and life changing penalties. (Tyranny)
Christianity, on the other hand, teaches people their true identity which changes the way they think about the world that God created for them, resulting in a self-governed people that has no need for a massive government police system, burdening the economy with another costly government bureaucracy.
Like most people, I agree with the ideas behind environmentism, like keeping the air and water supply clean, protecting animal life, not wasting resources, etc..
But those good intentions need to be considered against the negative effects on the economy when creating permanent government regulations. Many of the claims that the world is running out of energy or that CO2 is destroying the world have been unproven and questioned by the science community.
In many cases they have been used to overhype a political agenda – like Al Gore – who makes money selling costly energy alternatives that we are forced to buy when regulation increases the cost of traditional energy sources.
Businessmen (capitalist) like Al Gore are using the political system to create competitive advantages against competing companies in order to make a profit. I’m all for earning a profit, but using the political system to force consumers to purchase your products is what Adam Smith called ‘mercantilists’.
Mercantilists are political entrepreneurs who gain an unfair advantage through special privileges created by government intervention.
Their profits are gained by manipulating the rules, not by producing better products at lower prices that benefit the consumer. Consumers pay higher prices, not lower prices.
Worst of all, environmental regulations almost always cause energy prices to increase. Energy is the lifeblood of industrial capitalism. The higher energy prices get the more jobs we lose in manufacturing, the higher the trade deficit gets and the higher the nation debt increases.
For example, the Cap-and-Trade bill in congress a few months ago would increase the cost of energy by $1000-3000 for each family. This is not a good idea, especially when we are facing the deepest recession in modern history.
The result is the entire nation gets poorer and more dependent on government jobs.
Perhaps one of the best explanations of how this has happen can be found in Thomas J. Dilorenzo book, "How Capitalism Saved America".
How Capitalism Saved America: The untold history of our country
"How Capitalism Saved America"