MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
House Speaker John Boehner says Congress "should not be judged on how many new laws we create" but on "how many laws ... we repeal."
Boehner was, of course, re-inforcing the perennial GOP posture that government is too big and too regulatory -- that government itself is the problem, as Ronald Reagan declared.
It's not just coincidental that the current five-decade long assault on government (and remember how active ALEC is at the state level dismantling regulations) coincided with the rise of the uber-capitalist jihad of the wealthy to seize even more of the nation's assets while pushing the middle class into the lower class and the unemployment line.
In short, the infamous 1971 Lewis Powell memo to the Chamber of Commerce that is considered the blueprint for the increasing concentration of wealth in a few hands showed the true intentions of the GOP anti-government fervor: the attaining of a free market without constraints.
Such a marketplace is an ideal that one can call anarcho-capitalism. That is because it envisions an Ayn Randian (Paul Ryan's chosen economic deity) coliseum of economic clashes without rules or accountability. From these anarchistic financial conflicts emerge Masters of the Universe who control the wealth of the United States (and the earth) because of their innate strength and cunning to do so.
If you think that such a theory of anarchistic capitalism is some hyperbolic rant from BuzzFlash at Truthout, it is worth pointing out that the most widely read (whatever one thinks of it) reference resource on the web, Wikipedia, devotes a section to anarcho-capitalism, which begins:
Anarcho-capitalism (also referred to as free-market anarchism, market anarchism, private-property anarchism) is a libertarian political philosophy that advocates anarchy in the sense of the elimination of the state in favor of individual sovereignty in a free market. In an anarcho-capitalist society, law enforcement, courts, and all other security services would be provided by privately funded competitors rather than through taxation, and money would be privately and competitively provided in an open market. Therefore, personal and economic activities under anarcho-capitalism would be regulated by privately run law rather than through politics.
Re-read the above paragraph again and please come up with some compelling arguments that this is not what the likes of the Koch brothers and the Wall Street olligarchy are seeking to impose on the United States. We have been seeing the incremental progression of sovereignty (and personhood) being transferred to individuals and corporations within the United States. We have seen the same progression on a macro-level with the implementation of "trade partnerships" that in many specific provisions allow corporate interests to supercede national sovereignty.
One can even argue that the military-industrial-surveillance state is being rapidly expanded to serve the economic interests of a few of the one percent through the protection of corporate and financial institutions -- and putting in place "power projection" on the international stage and suppression of economic dissent on the domestic level to ensure the viability and expansion of the anarcho-capitalist economic proponents.
In such a scenario, national governments exist not primarily to advance the political agenda of democracies or individuals, but rather to ensure the advancement of an economic order run by a few in which citizens exist for their value as consumers.
Those who cannot afford to consume then have no value. Doesn't that sound familiar, like something George Romney would have said?
No, the United States is still a long way from fully allowing anarcho-capitalism, but if you put your finger in the air to test the direction of the wind, you'd have to say that's the direction it's blowing.
Certainly, if you believe that things go better with Koch, that is where we will end up.