Populism is a mess. Constitutional attempts to restrict it are weak. To quote Mises, the “Planned Chaos” of governments is taking a toll. A lot of people seem to be searching more ancient traditions for sense and stability. They long for a clearly structured world that harmonizes with the hierarchies in nature and human nature. Some of them long for a king.
If you speak – if you make any sound, if your existence, you living your life, you merely being or breathing – broadcasts any kind of signal that disturbs the lurking devourers, you get killed. This is speech. This is expression. This is living out loud. This is being your beliefs.
“Expert” implies some kind of institutional expert-conferring apparatus. Such intuitions are subject to Public Choice dynamics. They will always inevitably reward group loyalty and conformity and become cartelized and myopic. Always. Every time. You cannot prevent it with good people or good intentions.
To capture a free market is to kill it. It is an ongoing dance of motion, and attempts to cordon it off and capture some of its power is to stop the flow of creativity. Any power captured by stagnating this flow will corrupt.
Calling Hitler a piece of shit on Twitter is not courageous. Everyone agrees, Hitler has no power, and nothing bad will happen to you for saying this. Calling Hitler a piece of shit on live radio in Nazi Germany in 1940 would be a different matter.
If you don’t want to be oppressed, harassed, cajoled, propagandized, gaslit, brainwashed, abused, taxed, regulated, and coerced into submission, the only real solution is within yourself. Let your very existence be an act of rebellion.
Understand the dangers and risks and changes technology brings, but know it’s not creating new evil. It’s only revealing what we already are. Treating the symptoms won’t stop the disease.
Markets are incredible, wonderous things sending signals and incentives all across the globe and allocating resources always towards their highest valued use. Prices are the tool that reflect this and help us see and calculate. But the important word to hang onto in the above description is towards.