If the average American can’t handle complexity in his or her own life, and only government experts can … then government must direct the average American about how to live his or her life. Freedom becomes a diminishing good.?But there’s a major flaw in this “progressive’” argument, and it’s this. It assumes there must be someone or some few who do have all the knowledge and information. We just have to find, train, and hire them to run the government’s agencies.
Friedrich Hayek called this collectivism’s “fatal conceit.” The idea that a few bureaucrats know what’s best for all of society, or possess more information about human wants and needs than millions of free individuals interacting in a free market is both false and arrogant. It has guided collectivists for two centuries down the road to serfdom — and the road is littered with their wrecked utopias. The plan always fails!
All the signs point to Mitt Romney selecting today Paul Ryan for the Gop Vice-Presidential Nominee. Ryan is the Congressman for the first congressional district of Wisconsin. I am quite familiar with him as his congressional district encompasses Kenosha where my mother-in-law lives. My family and I will be traveling up to visit her for a few days today as we do every summer.
Ryan, 42, is a Catholic, married and the father of three kids. He has been in Congress since 1999. He is most notable for his proposed budget, the Ryan plan, which passed the House on April 15, 2011. The bill died in the Senate.
A second version of the Ryan budget was passed this year by the House. The budget came under attack from liberal Catholics and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a majority of the bishops appearing to confuse social justice with a welfare state driving us to national bankruptcy. Ryan responded to his critics with a lecture at Georgetown which is featured in the video at the beginning of the post.
Ryan is a staunch pro-lifer. Attacked as a follower of Ayn Rand, Ryan responded briskly:
I, like millions of young people in America, read Rand’s novels when I was young. I enjoyed them,” Ryan says. “They spurred an interest in economics, in the Chicago School and Milton Friedman,” a subject he eventually studied as an undergraduate at Miami University in Ohio. “But it’s a big stretch to suggest that a person is therefore an Objectivist.”
“I reject her philosophy,” Ryan says firmly. “It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas,” who believed that man needs divine help in the pursuit of knowledge. “Don’t give me Ayn Rand,” he says.
What does Romney’s pick of Ryan mean? It means that Romney views the fiscal iceberg that the nation is facing is our most serious problem and he intends to do something about it. This is in contrast to Obama who believes that the only fiscal problem we truly have is that government does not spend enough. This choice will turn this election into a crusade for conservatives in general and the Tea Party in particular. A good pick.
I will be out of internet communication most of the coming week. (Naturally when a story this big happens!) Have fun in the comboxes on this one.