The situation of being between Scylla and Charybdis is a state that small business knows well. It is otherwise known as being between a rock and a hard place.
The simple truth that ‘people build civilizations and governments destroy them’ seems terribly hard for people to grasp. Yet, it is profoundly obvious.
It is private business that is the backbone of any civilization. Civilizations do not begin with great works of literature, opera houses and hospitals; they begin with people who produce excess goods, which creates value that can be stored stably in the form of Gold. This stable value (wealth) seeps through society in the form of jobs, leisure, better health and a general improvement in the way that people live.
Only then do western-style governments appear.
The regulations that governments foist on business (Keith Weiner’s “useless ingredients”), are not only a millstone around the business person’s neck, they are a cost that is paid for with every single purchase. Regulations do not just negatively impact the business and products that are targeted. The increased costs ripple out through the whole market.
No matter how cleverly the business owner cuts his costs and expenses to try to keep prices down, regulations relentlessly drive them up. If those prices become unaffordable, then he goes out of business. At best, his profit margin is squeezed to the max.
That is Monster Regulation and, unfortunately, this Scylla is not a myth. It has a voracious appetite and grows larger and larger without pause.
While reeling from this onslaught, the remnant profit of the business operator is then attacked by another monster. Gnashing its teeth and emitting blood-curdling roars, it tramples over every nook and cranny of commerce.
This is Monster Taxation, who is, unlike Charybdis, also very real. Monster Taxation too has a voracious appetite and continually grows larger. The business person cannot escape. Between Monster Regulation and Monster Taxation, the business owner is gradually and cruelly squeezed to death and then devoured. All the while, being castigated for being selfish, exploitive and greedy.
It takes a few generations for governments to become that rapaciously stupid, but they all do eventually. And that is how governments destroy civilizations.
As the circulation of Gold with its quality of being a store of stable value is the foundation of any civilization, so the mandatory first major step toward the destruction of any civilization is stopping the circulation of Gold. With real money, and the necessity to pay ‘on the knocker’, the cost of government overreach becomes so obvious that such behaviour is very quickly nipped in the bud. With debt ‘money’, very few understand the real cost until it is too late.
Then the curtains come down for the final time at the opera house.
We are now at the end point of Western Civilization.
Exciting isn’t it?
What are your plans?