There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
The government does not confiscate wealth from private sector workers, the government creates a lot of wealth and a lot of value that the free market and private sector workers benefit from. How valuable were coal resources before railroads and before governments heavily invested in them? Imagine if America didn't enter WWII, do you think uranium production would have been a profitable adventure before the fuel crisis? If modern war production didn't demand steel, engineering, and iron ore then that would mean less demand for such natural and human resources... which would mean those resources would be less valuable and owning such resources would mean you'd be less wealthy. The government does create wealth... even in a truly Communist economy the government would create wealth, but it would be done through control and production quotas. It would tell the people how much production was worth and set prices through manipulation. Government trying to control wealth and value will never work, but the government does create wealth. I don't see why in theory, any form of government would be incapable of creating wealth. In fact if you read Locke, he says the same thing.
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