On interfuidity, Steve Randy Waldman writes:

We are in a depression, but not because we don’t know how to remedy the problem. We are in a depression because it is our revealed preference, as a polity, not to remedy the problem. We are choosing continued depression because we prefer it to the alternatives.

via interfluidity » Depression is a choice.

That’s true. We are in a depression because further empowering the state to interfere in our lives is a higher cost than weathering the depression. And it is CHEAPER to disempower the state now, than it would be by alternative, more physical means.

A depression that deprives the state of power, is a cheap way of buying freedom.

Usually we have to risk our lives, not our pocketbooks.


2 Responses to From interfluidity: Depression is a choice (Yes, it’s a lower cost for freedom than the alternatives.)

  1. Brian Hayes says:

    A powerful State? I think that’s fashionable to think, but silly. Generally, it’s broke and confused and easily influenced. That’s not power.

    Our era is burdened and confused. Scapegoats abound.

    Our worry and entrenchment and arguing reminds me of a bumper sticker: Run! The paranoids are coming.

    Were our State potent, we’d have very different things to say.

    • Curt Doolittle says:

      Thank you for the comment.
      Although you didn’t give me anything to work with. :)
      Power need not be intentional, it need only alter the course of events, or prevent altering the course of events.
      As you suggest (I think) prevention is an action.

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