Successful statism relies heavily on the fascist approach of allowing freedom to the extent that it serves the political needs of those writing or buying the laws
But I would ammend it to the illusion
Yes, many people might
be allowed to start businesses depending on if the government allows them.
The government allows us to keep some of our paychecks- to varying degrees.
The government allows us to some extent to make decisions about how our children will be raised (although less and less every day)
The government allows us to some extent to decide where we will live (well- there's that new thing where the IRS can based merely on an accusation- no trial no proof) suspend your right to travel).
The government hasn't yet started openly slaughtering its citizens without trial (although the President now has that power)
As a business owner I make no decision that isn't in part already decided by a regulation. From the build out and decor of my place, to what equipment I use, to what hours I am allowed to operate, to what I may sell- and in my industry at what price, how I may advertise, who I may hire, what hours they can work, how much I can pay them, when they take breaks. Who I buy from is regulated and how much I may buy and what I may do with what I buy and the packing that I sell it in is determined by the government. What my restroom looks like is decided by regulations, how many I have. The sizes of the tables in my business are dictated by regulation, width, depth and height. Chairs too. And how many I may have and how large they must be. And where they are placed. The height of my ceiling. The placement of signage and what signage is allowed. Everything about my parkiing lot is regulated, despite it being private property. Government inspectors on several different levels have the authority to come in at anytime against my will to conduct searches.
I could go on, but I am out of time.
This is not freedom.
That the government is maintaining an illusion of some self determination is the scariest thing of all. Because the illusion allows the corruption to grow until it is too late.
even the wording on the paperwork one must do to start a business feeds into this.
You are endlessly reminded that these regulations and searches that seem to go against every freedom we are guaranteed are actually your choice. YOU
to have all this happen because creating a livelihood for yourself is a privelege. It says it right on the forms- that being allowed to conduct business is a privelege. Some of my licenses say it too.
This is not freedom. This is not even a reasonable facsimile.
Edited for typos
Edited by SapereAude, 25 April 2012 - 10:06 AM.
"You will be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself."