Blind Giants

posted at 3:45 pm on October 16, 2010 by Doctor Zero

Watching the polls in tight races fluctuate over the last few days conjures an image of frightened people racing around the feet of a blind giant.  Blind giants are dangerous.  They cause massive amounts of random destruction as they flail around.  It’s very hard to convince them to change course, when they plod toward certain doom.

There is no question that our centralized government is gigantic.  Those who support the idea of a gigantic State believe our affairs should be managed by a concentration of power and money, at the disposal of a brilliant and moral ruling class.  Only a giant government, staffed with selfless and highly educated public servants, can prevent our economy from collapsing, or provide us with affordable health care.

Intelligence requires information.  The most brilliant intellect cannot make meaningful decisions in a state of sensory deprivation.  False knowledge passes through a perfect system to emerge as useless garbage.

Where does the leviathan State get its information?  It relies on the testimony of “experts,” even though many of them – climate change advocates, lobbyists, political appointees with connections to aggressive outside interests – have agendas that make their input unreliable.  The State spends a lot of time listening to the media, who are also unreliable sources, their data warped by agendas and preconceptions.  The ideology of politicians tells them what should be true, and they proceed to cherry-pick data to support their prejudices.  Very little of the State’s information comes from the kind of dispassionate scientific analysis it always pretends to be conducting.

The free market, on the other hand, has access to a rich stream of high-speed data, coming from the last input Big Government is willing to consider: you.

You have virtually no input into the decision-making process of the national government.  You might reply that you wouldn’t expect to have very much to say, since you’re one voter among millions… but you would be underestimating the problem.  It’s not just that you personally have limited input, any more than you personally control the behavior of Microsoft or Wal-Mart.  Rather, we have very little input collectively. The desires of your family, plus everyone you know, plus the membership of every organization you belong to, can barely scratch the thick hide of a titanic central government.

This is not merely a question of arrogance or elitism.  A single central authority cannot consider the input of all the opposed interests in a huge, dynamic national economy.  It doesn’t matter how genuinely selfish or compassionate the executives and legislators of the State might be.  There are too many people, moving in too many different directions, for the eye of the State to follow them all.  Instead, compromises must be struck between the demands of powerful constituencies.  Groups hostile to the ruling Party are marginalized, paying the price for supporting the opposition, as the Chamber of Commerce could tell you.

Small, eccentric groups and individuals have no input into the decisions of the State at all.  This is not to say they are ignored.  No one is ignored.  Big Government is absolutely horrible at dealing with dissent.  No one can be allowed to go their own way.  No one can decline to participate in taxes and regulations.  Certain large and powerful interests might be granted waivers from a horrible law like ObamaCare, but no such consideration will ever be extended to individuals.  The passage of ObamaCare was the official end of the State’s interest in hearing your thoughts about the way health care should be administered.  You will not be permitted to disregard the State’s opinions on the matter.

In a free society, even the largest businesses have competitors, and grow jealous of their market share.  The biggest player in any industry can bet that small, hungry competitors are designing business plans to attack their weaknesses.  The decisions of consumers become an incredibly powerful stream of data, which companies must interpret and respond to within a matter of days or weeks.

Decentralized, limited government can also tap into this data stream, in a more limited fashion, as populations and businesses abandon unfriendly environments and poorly-managed municipalities, or correct local governments with relatively competitive elections.  Local voters can become truly informed about the issues.  Popular will has a real chance to alter the destiny of towns and counties.

All of this priceless information is nothing but water lapping at the toes of the blind federal giant.  Even massive “wave” elections, driven by the most passionate and informed electorate in a generation, may not be enough to reverse the effects of radical power grabs, or halt the feeding frenzy of lame ducks in a shallow congressional pond.  The current ruling Party has taken to explicitly stating that voters cannot possibly understand the issues, and are not qualified to pass judgment on their betters in Washington.  Massive bills have been passed over deafening howls of popular opposition… and in some states, the opposition has already faded away, leaving voters ready to re-elect politicians who hold them in open contempt.

It will take an incredible, historic election merely to slow the relentless advance of the blind giant.  It has paused, in these last weeks before November.  It can dimly hear the screaming of people with pitchforks and torches, far below.  It must be cut down to its knees before it can understand a word they’re saying.  The senses of the State are so dull that it only pays attention to miracles.

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This blind giant, I don’t believe is blind, but has its eyes wide shut and this election when it will be chopped to its knees will have its ears opened and its eyes opened and its senses restored to proper function. I pray.

fourdeucer on October 16, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Can we privatize the entire government?

darwin on October 16, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Another good piece Doc. I do think that this election will be historic. Just 2 1/2 weeks to go.

Viper on October 16, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Doc: Thank you for these insightful words. However, we must all keep in mind Nov 2 represents but the first of many election cycles which will be necessary to restore our country.

Come November 3, PLEASE make sure you tell your winning (Republican) candidate if he/she believes for 1 moment they are going to Washington merely to take up where their predecessor(s) left off… They are sorely mistaken. We will remove them as swiftly/easily as their predecessors….and keep on doing so until we have true public servants representing us.. In other words, victory in this election cycle means we have representatives who will be on short leashes – and answerable to ‘We The People’.

The election in 2012 should be designed to oust the Demi-God who is currently our President, and to take over the Senate (veto proof – 37 Dem Senators will be defending their seats in 2012)

The election in 2016 will be to take out any and all remaining trash…and make sure those we’ve sent to Washington fully understand they are our servants.

alwyr on October 16, 2010 at 4:05 PM

The history of the world … the molar ruling class always follows the same path, nudge, shove and then shoot.

tarpon on October 16, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Guess we won’t find the crrdog here.

Lanceman on October 16, 2010 at 4:17 PM

If things truly go in a wave, then the BIGGEST RALLY ever seen in Washington should be there the day they are sworn into office. They may need that last kiss to remember who took them to the dance.

tessa on October 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM

TEE-HEE!
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Right Change – Attack of the 50 Foot Pelosi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnHiN6Pwwos

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Blue Oyster Cult – Godzilla (High Quality)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcZGRCU8s3g&feature=related

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 4:34 PM

They cause massive amounts of random destruction as they flail around. It’s very hard to convince them to change course,when they plod toward certain doom.
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True dat,
so does Hopeys Titanic!(sarc).

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 4:37 PM

It will take an incredible, historic election merely to slow the relentless advance of the blind giant.

I think we’ll slow it. The question is … can we teach and train the next generation to stop it? It will take years to whittle the giant back down to a people friendly size.

darwin on October 16, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Dr.Zero,excellent as always,your a Word Meister Extraordinaire!!!!!!!!
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All of this priceless information is nothing but water lapping at the toes of the blind federal giant.
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Just wait till the water gets sucked out,for the
impending Tsunami!!

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 4:51 PM

The current ruling Party has taken to explicitly stating that voters cannot possibly understand the issues, and are not qualified to pass judgment on their betters in Washington.

That is the perfect description of the current marxocrats in DC. This attitude has evolved as they’ve expanded their powers by lying to their dependent constituencies, the rank and file and those sponging welfare and other addictive entitlements.

Those of us on the right, busy leading productive lives while tuning out the lies, now see both the danger of expanded central planning and an opportunity to stem the tide.

As this purging of DC takes place, we would do well to remember your quote above about the “current ruling Party” to identify targets and remedy their conceits and corruption with their polar opposite.

Another great essay DZ.

ontherocks on October 16, 2010 at 5:57 PM

“Blind giants are dangerous. They cause massive amounts of random destruction as they flail around.”

mrt721 on October 16, 2010 at 6:16 PM

mrt721: I seen that movie when I was a kid,well played!!

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 7:12 PM

What Dr Zero didn’t say is that half the US population is riding on the giant’s back — 42% is on foodstamps (let alone medicare, medicaid, unemployment, and subsidized housing) and 50% doesn’t pay taxes.

The giant can’t be stopped so long as half the citizenry is paid off.

flicker on October 16, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Our founding documents are meant to give us small manageable blind giants, American physiology is totally unsuited to the proper control of massive central government.

Perhaps this is the purpose of the goal of Democrats, overload, overwhelm and overpower.

Speakup on October 16, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Just to echo the other comments — excellent post DZ. Very well articulated

AZfederalist on October 16, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Nice job DrZ hpe to see you in the main more often.

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HotAirExpert on October 16, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Communists, otherwise known as Democrats, have succeeded in aligning virtually every ethnic and economic faction into a singular voting block. Humanity’s natural lusts, selfishness and greed is always up for sale. Each segment has been trained to believe it can out-hustle the others, thanks to the atheists within our elitist halls. Any politician who hearkens to other groups to pay the bills for their voters is a whore. And America is loaded with them.

leftnomore on October 17, 2010 at 4:08 AM

It will take an incredible, historic election merely to slow the relentless advance of the blind giant. It has paused, in these last weeks before November. It can dimly hear the screaming of people with pitchforks and torches, far below. It must be cut down to its knees before it can understand a word they’re saying. The senses of the State are so dull that it only pays attention to miracles.

correct

The Giant has become unsustainable, and the Giant responds by eating more

The will to live is strong. The Giant has become a life form and will defend itself. Unfortunately the Giant feeds on us. We are the Gnats

Once we realize we are gnats, the process becomes doable, because gnats have nothing to lose

entagor on October 17, 2010 at 11:21 AM