Government has become our legal Mafia. To different degrees, that statement is true around the world and for all governments, regardless of level. Government does not enrich itself in the sense that it requires lower taxes. It enriches those engaged in government business — its employees, elected officials and the private organizations that are leveraged.
As Albert Jay Nock observed about a century ago:
“Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class.”
Nock was hardly alone in this view of government. His stylish writing ensured his observations would be cited more than others with similar conclusions. Anyone interested in his insights should read one of his books. (My two favorites are Our Enemy the State and his autobiography, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man.)
Charles Hugh Smith provides a similar function of exposing our legal Mafia. A pull-quote from his latest post:
The free-money PPP “loan” obtained by a prostitute frequented by Hunter Biden offers a vividly teachable insight into American capitalism: you don’t maximize your private gains by offering a product or service that’s faster, better, cheaper, you maximize your private gains by securing a government-gimme. Hunter’s Hooker Scored $20,000 PPP Loan As Joe Biden Entered White House.
The title of his article is “catchy,” but the meat of the article pertains to the enrichment of people, elected officials and corporations:
A prostitute obtaining a government-gimme offers a very keen insight into the core of American capitalism, which is investing capital in capitol: every individual and entity seeking to maximize their private gain by prostituting themselves to the government is, well, prostituting themselves to the government.
Government and its cronies in business are now so corrupt that it is unlikely this country can survive the parasites living off the productive. People grow poorer. Taxes only increase. Inflation grows faster. The abuse of power routinely occurs. Government produces nothing but grows bigger. It can only do so by looting the productive.
This condition is unsustainable. It is merely another chapter in the history of man which always ends in the same fashion — empires and countries fail. Those once on top fall to the bottom as their legal Mafia has thirsts that destroy civilized behavior.