Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Was The Oakland Warehouse Anarchy?

No, it was government provisioned chaos, another government policy failure.
The warehouse was the site of an artists' collective known as The Ghost Ship, and many of the victims were either associated with the group or with the local creative community; musicians, tech professionals, students and free spirits.
In a free market, all associations would be voluntary, such as the Catholic Church.  No one has to join, anyone can leave.

In a managed market, and especially capitalism, everything is "mother-may-I?" because your actions must be constrained to not interfere with the sinecures of those who hold the commanding heights of capitalism.

All Hegemons offer the central demand of people: fight our battles for us.

17 Your flocks also he will tithe, and you shall be his servants.18 And you shall cry out in that day from the face of the king, whom you have chosen to yourselves. and the Lord will not hear you in that day, because you desired unto yourselves a king.19 But the people would not hear the voice of Samuel, and they said: Nay: but there shall be a king over us.20 And we also will be like all nations: and our king shall judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles for us.

Of course that means literally, the king leads the forces onto the field for battle  (guess where he gets his soldiers!?) but it also means he sets rules for warehouse occupancy so neighbors do not have to work out among themselves how to behave.

In anarchy, as in the 400 years of anarchy Israel enjoyed before they began the horrifying descent recorded in the Bible once kings were installed, there was largely peace and prosperity and people were responsible for working out among themselves relationships.

Today we have rules, but they are not enforced, giving us chaos.  The "Ghost Ship" (prophetic, that) was famous and notorious and only "on the list" to be inspected.  The fact is government inspection is risible, there is simply not enough money to do proper inspections in any category.

In the wake of disasters, the inspectors announce rules were broken, tsk tsk, mistakes were made, time to move forward.  Inspectors rewarded with a bigger budget next term.

I see this in importing, whereas we have a massive inspection bureaucracy, there simply is not enough inspectors to be effective.  To be effective, the Federal government would near have to direct every single federal worker to the task of inspecting food imports, meaning Donald Trump himself would have to be on the docks opening boxes, and nothing else.  (Actually, not a bad idea.)

Having Hegemon's inspections fool people into a false sense of security.  Disaster follows.  Free markets punish people doing wrong in a perfectly condign manner.  In a free market there would be competing artis cooperatives, not just illegal ones mulcting the free spirits whose confidence in the Hegemon is unshakeable.

Get rid of inspections, and ell people the truth.  You have to fight your own battles.

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