I share economist Donald J. Boudreaux’s view of politics: “repulsive and beneath contempt.”
I also share his view of politicians:
As a rule, politicians are untrustworthy, duplicitous, and cowardly; they are people who have an unusually powerful craving for power and fame; and the successful among them typically possess an unusual talent for camouflaging their craving for power and fame as a saintly calling to ‘serve the people.’
The current presidential campaign season in the United States is well underway. If the election process serves any constructive purpose, it is to demonstrate the despicable nature of politics and politicians.
The State and its Politicians
The fundamental problem is the existence of the state, an illegitimate institution. It is natural that the state attracts the worst people to harness its power. [click to continue…]
It was an honor to make a presentation via Skype to the Human Rights Club of the Afghanistan Economic & Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) on September 5th, 2015. This article is adapted from the presentation. The principles discussed apply to all countries.
AELSO is a member of the Atlas Network. AELSO’s mission is “to promote the values of individual freedom and of the responsibility of civil society for the creation and sustenance of the institutions of limited government, the rule of law, and the other institutional foundations of the free society.” AELSO celebrated its fifth anniversary in December 2014.
Afghanistan will benefit from economic freedom. This freedom will enable the improvement in life sought by advocates of human rights. I will discuss the following:
- Human rights vs. natural rights;
- Economic freedom as the foundation of a free society;
- Afghanistan and economic freedom; and
- Creating change.
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