Learning the Importance of Government

 

It’s hard to know what to make of the Coronavirus pandemic and our response to it. But if I was one of Donald Trump’s advisers (which I wouldn’t be – I’d get fired in about 20 minutes…), I would encourage the President to use this opportunity to explain something to the American public. We’ve had a couple of government shutdowns in recent years, when our ‘leaders’ couldn’t agree on a budget. For the most part, nobody noticed. Life carried on as usual for most of us. Democrats tried closing public parks for a while, hoping that somebody might notice that the government had shut down. But it really didn’t matter all that much.

But now, due to fears of a contagious disease, the private sector has shut down. This is different. When the government stopped spending money, they had to tell us to be sure we knew. But when the private economy stops – when private individuals stop doing business and stop spending money – we, by God, notice. So Trump could just explain, “When we shut down the government, nobody noticed. But when the private economy has a setback, it can be catastrophic to hundreds of millions of people around the world. As long as our private economy is working, everything will be fine. So we should consider cutting anything that limits the private economy. Anything including government. Simple. Let’s use some common sense here.”

Now obviously, it’s more complex than this. Everything has pluses and minuses. For example, empty airports have negatives (the economy has shut down) and positives (nobody is watching CNN anymore). I’m not suggesting that all government is bad and all capitalism is good.

But still, this is a great opportunity to highlight the difference between the importance of government and the importance of capitalism.


A host can live without the parasite, but the parasite cannot live without the host. The private economy, obviously, is the host.

Government is the parasite.

This should be pointed out right now, when it’s particularly obvious.

The negatives of the Coronavirus are horrifying. But perhaps there may be positives, as well. Perhaps we might learn something…

Published in General
This post was promoted to the Main Feed by a Ricochet Editor at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Join Ricochet for Free.

There are 34 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
    Gazpacho Grande'
    @ChrisCampion

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    What’s on the list of essential economic activities that have been stopped?

    The Masters has been postponed indefinitely!!

    That I don’t get. You have individuals walking in a very sparsely populated “park”. Is that unsafe? Really??

     

    I’ve been to one PGA event.  It’s not “sparsely populated”.  There are throngs of people walking the course, close together, clustering around tees and greens.  Shoulder to shoulder.  Not to mention the vending services, there are tents with tables, etc.

    Do I think everything is overblown?  Yes.  But a golf tournament would fall into the same categories of concern, concentrated groups of people, even if it’s not in an arena.

    • #31
  2. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat
    @drbastiat

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    What’s on the list of essential economic activities that have been stopped?

    The Masters has been postponed indefinitely!!

    That I don’t get. You have individuals walking in a very sparsely populated “park”. Is that unsafe? Really??

     

    I’ve been to one PGA event. It’s not “sparsely populated”. There are throngs of people walking the course, close together, clustering around tees and greens. Shoulder to shoulder. Not to mention the vending services, there are tents with tables, etc.

    Do I think everything is overblown? Yes. But a golf tournament would fall into the same categories of concern, concentrated groups of people, even if it’s not in an arena.

    And a huge majority of the spectators are over 60 years old.

    I think they could have held The Masters, but had no spectators.  They make most of their money off of TV anyway.  But I can understand their reluctance to do that.

    Tough call.

    • #32
  3. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    GrannyDude (View Comment):
    If Uncle Joe and Ayanna Pressley think the big problem is xenophobia and racism, does that mean they have information the rest of us don’t (e.g. the virus isn’t that big a deal, and this is the left’s warped version of “keep calm and carry on”) or that they’re just mendacious and stupid? 

    Of course the big problem is racism and xenophobia.  I’d much rather be killed by a white male virus originated in the US of A . . .

    • #33
  4. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    GrannyDude (View Comment):
    And then there is the embarrassment of one’s own paranoia… do I have a headache because I’ve got Wuhan Flu? or maybe just because I drank too much wine last night? 

    And it is an unusually heavy flu season, at least in AZ (3X the normal rate reported in a November alert, and younger people affected here). And it is seasonal allergy season in AZ, with respiratory symptoms for sufferers old and new.

    • #34
Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.