Only the individual can truly make society better.
If an individual is strong, what need is there for the collective? If one is a dependent individual who needs the collective to survive, then why should they dictate the strong? When the result will be invariably to their benefit and to the detriment of those who do not need or want a system that they realize is to their detriment and weighed against them.
The individual lacks only one thing that the collective has. Numbers.
Slaves of Serfs
The once prosperous middle class is shrinking and being exploited by both those above and below them. In this day and age, so many are forced through government coercion to give what they earned by the sweat of their own brow into keeping both the poorer serfs and the elite upper class subsidized and comfortable.
The middle class is being beaten from both angles. To the point where some fall under because they also lack the stability of the more economically affluent. Lacking the numbers to outvote the lower class. Lacking the money to outspend the upper class.
Where does that leave the middle class?
They become the over-milked cow of society. Under threat of being butchered and eaten by the mob at all times. As those with the louder voices (which can come from wealth allowing one to control mass media) spur it on. While they take a few cows to add to their already large herd.
Sadly, legalized plunder has become a universal system. However, it first began with the principle of limited plunder which naturally grew into universal plunder. Which is when the few exploit the many through both very visible and invisible economic means. The consequence of this is that the modern invisible hand of a free economy has become crippled and wrapped in red tape.
In response, we must focus first on the limited plunder that is unpopular. Examples such as bailouts, subsidies, inflation and work our way forward on the same principles as far as possible.
Otherwise, when the socialist sympathizers claim that there is socialism for the rich and corporations they are basically right. Then it logically follows they just want equal plundering rights. We must strike at the root rather than the fruit in that regard. Lastly, when it comes to the wearisome welfare State. The best we may be able to do is perfect it, to be direct and without corruption.
I was once driving in a car with a man who proclaimed that a few hundred years from now, in his view, our time period will be looked at as modern feudalism. We pay our taxes to the Oligarchy. If we refuse, we will be punished harshly. While claiming they are protecting or helping us at the same moment they push a boot down upon our throats.
As Gary Lloyd once said:
“When the government’s boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.”
When will we break this petty struggle of class warfare? The premise of which is based upon grotesque greed, and false philanthropic pursuits. Could it not be replaced with the notion that each person is entitled to what they earn honestly? And, furthermore, not entitled to what another has earned honestly? That in a system of true voluntary exchange, the coherent individual holds personal responsibility for their own pursuit of happiness and standard of living. It is not government’s job to ensure anyone happiness, but only to not allow anyone to stand in our way of attaining it.
“Is there any need to offer proof that this odious perversion of the law is a perpetual source of hatred and discord; that it tends to destroy society itself?” – Frederic Bastiat
A government should never attempt to force all individuals to do what it feels is best for an individual. Is it government’s job to wake me up in the morning? No. I would never want them too, because I know what’s best for me. People are happiest and only grow in independence and strength when they are allowed to stand their own ground. Free to choose to pursue their own interests or choose not too.
We should not subsidize success nor failure. Let nature resolve itself, imbalance comes from unnatural meddling in affairs of the free market. It becomes disparity by design rather than by free will.