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Prosperity Socialism?

Posted By: Randy GageNovember 25, 2008

The current economic meltdown is making it much worse for a lot of people to manifest prosperity.  Not because the economy is bad, but because they are getting more lack programming.

The truth is, the economy has nothing to do with your ability to manifest prosperity.  Unless you buy into herd thinking.

When you see governments stepping into the free enterprise sector  with bailouts, that creates a victim and welfare mentality.  People get so invested in the news of the day that they start to buy into the hysteria.  And this changes their core beliefs.

They think the role of government is to prop up mismanaged banks, airlines, and car companies.  Then it spreads to yet more businesses.   Of course what also happens in that prosperous well-managed businesses are penalized, because they are competing against firms that are funded by taxpayers.

Take an airline like Southwest.  They hedged their fuel bills, run an efficient operation, provide solid service, and make money.  Is it fair for them to have to compete with other carriers that got billions in bailouts after 9/11?

Look at Toyota and Honda.  They build fuel efficient, moderate priced cars with high resale value that Americans like to buy.  Ford, GM and Chrysler build cars most people don’t want.  Is it fair to the former to have to compete against the Detroit carmakers if they get a government bailout?  (Which they probably won’t, since they went to Capital Hill begging for money, all while flying there on their private jets.  Clever.)

People that run well-managed business start to believe it’s futile.  People that run mismanaged businesses start to believe it is the government’s job to keep them profitable.  These beliefs are the opposite of prosperity consciousness and keeps millions mired in the bonds of poverty.

Now that raises the question of what would be appropriate for a government to do, to protect and look after its citizens.  We’ll explore that in some future postings.

-RG

24 comments on “Prosperity Socialism?”

  1. Awesome post Randy, really enlightening for those of us working our way up the prosperity chain after relying and expecting welfare from the government , and the rich(I'm talking about myself here, not being sarcastic). It seems like the same mentality at the highest level. People like you are delivering an education that truly helps to improve lives.

  2. Excellent, Randy! You are right! Socialism rewards the inproductive and inefficient and punishes the productive and efficient. And, since behavior that gets rewarded, gets repeated, what can the outcome possibly be? As Paul Jacob (www.SamAdamsAlliance.com) writes: "Socialism is never *supposed* to kill economic incentives and self-responsibility. It just always does. Keep up the great fight.

  3. Your postings remind me of a book titled "The Sovereign Individual".
    Two broad strategies or styles for the practice of Sovereignty can be distinguished: (a) The parasite style; (b) The synergy style.

    In the parasitic style, brute force, coercive hierarchies, brainwashing, and deception are used to subjugate, dominate, control, and exploit others -- the victims. Those who resist are punished or killed. For the parasitic style to work, there have to be vast numbers of weak, naive, gullible victims -- people who lack the ability to recognize all the elements of the parasitic style utilized by parasitic Sovereigns and their collaborators to dupe and exploit their victims.

    The synergy style of practicing Sovereignty involves many factors, including: Freeing yourself as far as possible from any inner factors that might prevent you from maximizing your practical degree of sovereignty, such as psychological and emotional problems, poor thinking skills, religious superstition, and Slavespeak. You switch from the reactive mode to the creative mode. Supporting and creating Voluntary Organizations to replace Coercive Organizations. And more...

  4. Unless you're unjustly rotting away in a Turkish prison cell, 8 of the scariest words you're ever likely to hear are:

    "I'm from the government. I'm here to help."

    The government doesn't create wealth. They can either tax us, deficit spend or borrow money. This is all a big redistribution of wealth and ultimately in most cases ends up hurting those who produce.

    If we're not careful, in the not too distant future, Russia will be more Capitalistic than the US / EU. And the US / EU will be more Socialist. OK. Check that. We've already well down the path of Socialism.

    New face of Europe brands Al Gore an "apostle of arrogance," accuses EU of acting like a Communist state. And a Czech at that. Loving it! 🙂 => http://tinyurl.com/5o9obz

    Loving a person who throws out the recently "in vogue" adage of

    "Don't worry about being political, just worry about being politically correct."

    Loving a person who is willing to speak his beliefs, who is willing to stand up to the status quo.

  5. Interesting article, Art. Thank you for providing the link. Apparently, the media over there is much like ours. They slant the articles so overwhelmingly collectivist it's easy to notice . . . but probably not as noticeable by the "sheeple" who have already been indoctrincated (by that same media) to believe it in the first place.

    I thought the following two paragraphs said it all:
    -------------------------
    he is credited with presiding over the peaceful 1993 split of Czechoslovakia into two states and helping to transform the Czech Republic into one of the former Soviet bloc's most successful economies.

    But his ideas about governance are out of step with many of the European Union nations that his country will lead starting Jan. 1.
    -----------------------

    Naturally, any policy or type of governance that would transform a country into a hugely successful economy MUST be out of step with the others. (Sarcasm intended) 🙂

    It's one of those "mysteries of life" - as Jim Rohn might say. The mystery to me is that - despite the overall blessing that free enterprise has proved to be to any society that embraces it, people continue to fight against it.

  6. You are right Randy, but after the damage was caused, what else could you do to minimize its effect? Nevertheless, I would lower income tax in these times to well managed companies in order to level out the bailouts

  7. I dont have any comment on this great post and follow ups.
    I'm just here to collect some of the free prosperity conciousness
    being passed out.

    Is this where I get in line?

    Gary McElwain

  8. I think this is a test- all of it! The test is between the "haves" and the "have-nots" and I'm not talking about money, but positivity and propserity conscousness.

    I work part-time in an upscale women retail store at a casino. Someone came in the other day and asked when we are closing. I told her we close at 10pm...she said, no I got an email saying your store is closing. I asked her who sent her the email- she didn't know. I asked did she know the person who sent her the email personally- again a no answer. I asked do you believe everything you read? She was a little annoyed with me but I tried to turn her attention to all the abundance we were in at the casino.

    The casino was "giving away" huge crock pots and cookware to their best patrons- meaning those who donate the most during the year. I kinda figured giving away a frozen turkey would make it hard to sit for any period of time at the poker tables, but a set of Rachel Ray cookware was a great reinforcer for "donating" more money to the Indians. LOL. Great marketing!

    Yes business has been slower(except for the Asian population) than normal BUT we are hitting numbers way past last year- STILL! The "poor" (of mind) come in and bitch about how expensive everything is and the rich (of mind) come in and comment how prices in our store are actually lower than normal. Perception is the only answer.

    Thanks to you I started studying Catherine Ponders books. I figured out the only way to get the US back on track. Tithing! I don't care your religion or belief, but if we started to make God first financially, we'll bounce back in record time. Thats my story and I'm sticking to it!

  9. Hi Randy

    Thanks for the great post. I avoid the news but it still finds me.. so it's great to be able to balance that out.

    After attending Eurojam and on yours and Eric's recommendation I read 'Atlas Shrugged' and I have to say it is the most amazing book I have read in a long time. All 1100 pages of it!!! It seems to be very relevant to this post.

  10. Randy,
    You continue to be a scholar in the field of comparative politics, social/political philosophy, and comparative economic systems. What academic work have you done on the matter?

    I asked you this years ago and would like to know what you think of the Manuscripts of 1844?

    The question of the existence of government is something that takes a lifetime to study and you have not even scratched the surface (due to your total absence of academic expertise)

    You are a nice man who needs to learn to keep your mouth shut when you don't know something rather than claim the scholarly expertise you don't have.

    Happy Holidays.

  11. Francisco,

    Echo your comments about "The Sovereign Individual". Seems to me that we're seeing the scenario outlined in that book starting to unfold.

    For anyone seeking to understand current events and what's really driving them (For example, what's with the piracy thing in Somalia? It's the symptom of a bigger trend...) then this book originally published in 1997 will be an eye opener.

    Oh, and I'm sure Randy has mentioned this elsewhere. The world in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" seems to be unfolding before us!

  12. RE: Atlas Shrugged-- That's exactly what I was thinking as I read this post. Anyone else feeling like Hank Rearden??

  13. The best teacher is often failure. The inefficient companies NEED to fail in order to learn how NOT to repeat the same mistakes they've made in the past.

    The government has become little more than an enabler and promoter of mediocrity.

    It's also interesting to note that all is not gloom and doom. I belong to a freelance writers networking group. Now, you would think freelance writers would be cryin' in their beers about how bad the economy is. Just the opposite was found in a recent discussion in the group: most said their business was up -- and in some cases way up-- despite the down economy. Only a handful said their sources had dried up.

    I suspect it's like anything else. The people and companies that really get out there and hussle and make things happen, are the ones that will survive.

  14. I agree with most all of the above, in that we MUST focus on what we want in order to get what we want. That means TURNING OFF the TV news - period. Prosperity is more that a state of consciousness, it is being a co-creator with the universe / God / quantum field in working your plan. Over that past weekend we purchased the book (with CD) "Money & the Law of Attraction" by Abraham Hicks and "These Things You Shall Do . . . AND GREATER" The Physics of change by Greg Simmons; I have also been reading "The Spontaneous Healing of Belief" by Greg Braden. I have learned that there is not a key to prosperity, but that it is a combination lock.

    Keep up the Great posting Randy. My wife and I enjoy your Randy's Rants email too.

  15. "The truth is, the economy has nothing to do with your ability to manifest prosperity."

    I tend to agree.The trees and birds aren't affected by this so called economic downturn so why should we humans be affected.I think there is something wrong with our perceptions.

    "When you see governments stepping into the free enterprise sector with bailouts, that creates a victim and welfare mentality. "

    Welfarism is an unrealistic approach to solving economic problems.Its nothing more than temporary relief.

    Thanks Randy.

  16. Wow, Randy. I thought your article was great until I read Jose's piece. I guess you and Ayn Rand aren't all you're cracked up to be. I just subscribed to your blog, but now I must reconsider.

    Have a great day,

    Shattered Objectivist

  17. Bailout is definitely unfair to the well-managed business. A meritocratic system has to be installed to punish the failure and reward the success. However, a big cooperation like ENRON, that failed due to fraud, many of the workers suffered. Yet the executives still benefits by gigantic sum of money even they are jailed. Thus, we have see that the government's bailout is fair. Nowadays, the bailout funding went into the executives' pocket and only partially go to remedy the economic demise. That has to stop. If the bailout sustains a cooperation, the workers maintain their job, that is a good bailout. If the bailout goes mainly to the executive pocket, the government has to impose a penalty and repayment. For small successful business, government rewards should encourage them to spread their good practice. I think that is prosperity socialism.

  18. Hey Randy, Love your blog and personal testimony. Majority people in US and the world just want a "comfortable" and "safe" life, One;y a few would want to be rich and famous. Prosperity socialism helps both of these people. But there are several principles of success we have to adhere to in order to have a prosperous and peaceful world:
    Individual good communication skill
    Personal Responsibility and moral standard
    Community Responsibility and share your wealth with compassion
    Critical Thinking to solve problem with discretion
    And education is the MOTOR to make the world go round.

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  • 24 comments on “Prosperity Socialism?”

    1. Awesome post Randy, really enlightening for those of us working our way up the prosperity chain after relying and expecting welfare from the government , and the rich(I'm talking about myself here, not being sarcastic). It seems like the same mentality at the highest level. People like you are delivering an education that truly helps to improve lives.

    2. Excellent, Randy! You are right! Socialism rewards the inproductive and inefficient and punishes the productive and efficient. And, since behavior that gets rewarded, gets repeated, what can the outcome possibly be? As Paul Jacob (www.SamAdamsAlliance.com) writes: "Socialism is never *supposed* to kill economic incentives and self-responsibility. It just always does. Keep up the great fight.

    3. Your postings remind me of a book titled "The Sovereign Individual".
      Two broad strategies or styles for the practice of Sovereignty can be distinguished: (a) The parasite style; (b) The synergy style.

      In the parasitic style, brute force, coercive hierarchies, brainwashing, and deception are used to subjugate, dominate, control, and exploit others -- the victims. Those who resist are punished or killed. For the parasitic style to work, there have to be vast numbers of weak, naive, gullible victims -- people who lack the ability to recognize all the elements of the parasitic style utilized by parasitic Sovereigns and their collaborators to dupe and exploit their victims.

      The synergy style of practicing Sovereignty involves many factors, including: Freeing yourself as far as possible from any inner factors that might prevent you from maximizing your practical degree of sovereignty, such as psychological and emotional problems, poor thinking skills, religious superstition, and Slavespeak. You switch from the reactive mode to the creative mode. Supporting and creating Voluntary Organizations to replace Coercive Organizations. And more...

    4. Unless you're unjustly rotting away in a Turkish prison cell, 8 of the scariest words you're ever likely to hear are:

      "I'm from the government. I'm here to help."

      The government doesn't create wealth. They can either tax us, deficit spend or borrow money. This is all a big redistribution of wealth and ultimately in most cases ends up hurting those who produce.

      If we're not careful, in the not too distant future, Russia will be more Capitalistic than the US / EU. And the US / EU will be more Socialist. OK. Check that. We've already well down the path of Socialism.

      New face of Europe brands Al Gore an "apostle of arrogance," accuses EU of acting like a Communist state. And a Czech at that. Loving it! 🙂 => http://tinyurl.com/5o9obz

      Loving a person who throws out the recently "in vogue" adage of

      "Don't worry about being political, just worry about being politically correct."

      Loving a person who is willing to speak his beliefs, who is willing to stand up to the status quo.

    5. Interesting article, Art. Thank you for providing the link. Apparently, the media over there is much like ours. They slant the articles so overwhelmingly collectivist it's easy to notice . . . but probably not as noticeable by the "sheeple" who have already been indoctrincated (by that same media) to believe it in the first place.

      I thought the following two paragraphs said it all:
      -------------------------
      he is credited with presiding over the peaceful 1993 split of Czechoslovakia into two states and helping to transform the Czech Republic into one of the former Soviet bloc's most successful economies.

      But his ideas about governance are out of step with many of the European Union nations that his country will lead starting Jan. 1.
      -----------------------

      Naturally, any policy or type of governance that would transform a country into a hugely successful economy MUST be out of step with the others. (Sarcasm intended) 🙂

      It's one of those "mysteries of life" - as Jim Rohn might say. The mystery to me is that - despite the overall blessing that free enterprise has proved to be to any society that embraces it, people continue to fight against it.

    6. You are right Randy, but after the damage was caused, what else could you do to minimize its effect? Nevertheless, I would lower income tax in these times to well managed companies in order to level out the bailouts

    7. I dont have any comment on this great post and follow ups.
      I'm just here to collect some of the free prosperity conciousness
      being passed out.

      Is this where I get in line?

      Gary McElwain

    8. I think this is a test- all of it! The test is between the "haves" and the "have-nots" and I'm not talking about money, but positivity and propserity conscousness.

      I work part-time in an upscale women retail store at a casino. Someone came in the other day and asked when we are closing. I told her we close at 10pm...she said, no I got an email saying your store is closing. I asked her who sent her the email- she didn't know. I asked did she know the person who sent her the email personally- again a no answer. I asked do you believe everything you read? She was a little annoyed with me but I tried to turn her attention to all the abundance we were in at the casino.

      The casino was "giving away" huge crock pots and cookware to their best patrons- meaning those who donate the most during the year. I kinda figured giving away a frozen turkey would make it hard to sit for any period of time at the poker tables, but a set of Rachel Ray cookware was a great reinforcer for "donating" more money to the Indians. LOL. Great marketing!

      Yes business has been slower(except for the Asian population) than normal BUT we are hitting numbers way past last year- STILL! The "poor" (of mind) come in and bitch about how expensive everything is and the rich (of mind) come in and comment how prices in our store are actually lower than normal. Perception is the only answer.

      Thanks to you I started studying Catherine Ponders books. I figured out the only way to get the US back on track. Tithing! I don't care your religion or belief, but if we started to make God first financially, we'll bounce back in record time. Thats my story and I'm sticking to it!

    9. Hi Randy

      Thanks for the great post. I avoid the news but it still finds me.. so it's great to be able to balance that out.

      After attending Eurojam and on yours and Eric's recommendation I read 'Atlas Shrugged' and I have to say it is the most amazing book I have read in a long time. All 1100 pages of it!!! It seems to be very relevant to this post.

    10. Randy,
      You continue to be a scholar in the field of comparative politics, social/political philosophy, and comparative economic systems. What academic work have you done on the matter?

      I asked you this years ago and would like to know what you think of the Manuscripts of 1844?

      The question of the existence of government is something that takes a lifetime to study and you have not even scratched the surface (due to your total absence of academic expertise)

      You are a nice man who needs to learn to keep your mouth shut when you don't know something rather than claim the scholarly expertise you don't have.

      Happy Holidays.

    11. Francisco,

      Echo your comments about "The Sovereign Individual". Seems to me that we're seeing the scenario outlined in that book starting to unfold.

      For anyone seeking to understand current events and what's really driving them (For example, what's with the piracy thing in Somalia? It's the symptom of a bigger trend...) then this book originally published in 1997 will be an eye opener.

      Oh, and I'm sure Randy has mentioned this elsewhere. The world in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" seems to be unfolding before us!

    12. RE: Atlas Shrugged-- That's exactly what I was thinking as I read this post. Anyone else feeling like Hank Rearden??

    13. The best teacher is often failure. The inefficient companies NEED to fail in order to learn how NOT to repeat the same mistakes they've made in the past.

      The government has become little more than an enabler and promoter of mediocrity.

      It's also interesting to note that all is not gloom and doom. I belong to a freelance writers networking group. Now, you would think freelance writers would be cryin' in their beers about how bad the economy is. Just the opposite was found in a recent discussion in the group: most said their business was up -- and in some cases way up-- despite the down economy. Only a handful said their sources had dried up.

      I suspect it's like anything else. The people and companies that really get out there and hussle and make things happen, are the ones that will survive.

    14. I agree with most all of the above, in that we MUST focus on what we want in order to get what we want. That means TURNING OFF the TV news - period. Prosperity is more that a state of consciousness, it is being a co-creator with the universe / God / quantum field in working your plan. Over that past weekend we purchased the book (with CD) "Money & the Law of Attraction" by Abraham Hicks and "These Things You Shall Do . . . AND GREATER" The Physics of change by Greg Simmons; I have also been reading "The Spontaneous Healing of Belief" by Greg Braden. I have learned that there is not a key to prosperity, but that it is a combination lock.

      Keep up the Great posting Randy. My wife and I enjoy your Randy's Rants email too.

    15. "The truth is, the economy has nothing to do with your ability to manifest prosperity."

      I tend to agree.The trees and birds aren't affected by this so called economic downturn so why should we humans be affected.I think there is something wrong with our perceptions.

      "When you see governments stepping into the free enterprise sector with bailouts, that creates a victim and welfare mentality. "

      Welfarism is an unrealistic approach to solving economic problems.Its nothing more than temporary relief.

      Thanks Randy.

    16. Wow, Randy. I thought your article was great until I read Jose's piece. I guess you and Ayn Rand aren't all you're cracked up to be. I just subscribed to your blog, but now I must reconsider.

      Have a great day,

      Shattered Objectivist

    17. Bailout is definitely unfair to the well-managed business. A meritocratic system has to be installed to punish the failure and reward the success. However, a big cooperation like ENRON, that failed due to fraud, many of the workers suffered. Yet the executives still benefits by gigantic sum of money even they are jailed. Thus, we have see that the government's bailout is fair. Nowadays, the bailout funding went into the executives' pocket and only partially go to remedy the economic demise. That has to stop. If the bailout sustains a cooperation, the workers maintain their job, that is a good bailout. If the bailout goes mainly to the executive pocket, the government has to impose a penalty and repayment. For small successful business, government rewards should encourage them to spread their good practice. I think that is prosperity socialism.

    18. Hey Randy, Love your blog and personal testimony. Majority people in US and the world just want a "comfortable" and "safe" life, One;y a few would want to be rich and famous. Prosperity socialism helps both of these people. But there are several principles of success we have to adhere to in order to have a prosperous and peaceful world:
      Individual good communication skill
      Personal Responsibility and moral standard
      Community Responsibility and share your wealth with compassion
      Critical Thinking to solve problem with discretion
      And education is the MOTOR to make the world go round.

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