Less is more when it comes to government (and the NHS)

People always say to me “You can’t be interested in politics, you’re not even old enough to have lived through any!” all the time. This is one of the problems with our society at the moment. People think that you cannot have your own political view unless you have either studied a politics course at university or are actively involved in the political system.

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This problem intensifies when your views are not mainstream (Where mainstream means that you do not support one of the parties currently in government). I for one am an anarchist, and people often think that an anarchist is someone like Guy Fawkes who wants to blow up government. This could not be further from the truth. The definition is simply this:

Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates stateless societies often defined as self-governed voluntary institutions, but that several authors have defined as more specific institutions based on non-hierarchical free associations. Anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, or harmful.

Now obviously there can be people who take this philosophy into their own hands and become extremists. But this happens with any philosophy, for example take the recent Greenpeace activists who proved they were terrorists when stupidly trying to board a russian oil rig illegally.

Holding the state to its actions is a key view of mine, and which I think should be second nature to everyone. Yet in this modern democratic world, nobody seems to even want to think this way. In fact, when things go wrong the only ‘right’ solution, people say, is for there to be more government, and more government spending. Yet government is bureaucratic, not value for money, makes many decisions without public consent (Because they think they know what is best for us) and takes money from people by holding a gun in their face.

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A government can be compared to the NHS, which is also all of the things I stated above. Yet whenever I list problems with the health service in the UK, people always shout back at me “…but the solution is simple, the NHS should increase its budget and expand”. Once I try to explain that the opposite is true, and that it would perform more efficiently and effectively with decentralised bodies (possibly county level) which can compete against each other and that GP services should be privatised people look at me as though I hate the NHS and all the hard work its employees do on a daily basis (Dan Hannan has also noticed this phenomenon). IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NHS EMPLOYEES; it has everything to do with how the NHS is great at wasting money, not being accountable and being overly bureaucratic (and here).

However, things are looking up for my point of view. Here is what a recent YouGov report had to say:

YouGov’s 2013 ‘Healthcare Choices: NHS versus Private report’ shows the public would welcome the private sector taking a greater role in the provision of their health services. Also, (62%),believe the private sector has a role to play in reducing NHS waiting lists, with just over one in eight (13%) thinking it should not.

Hallelujah!! Now people just need to apply this way of thinking to government itself. As I have mentioned previously in this blog, socialism is the philosophy of failure and is the natural course of all governments around the world. People need to wake up and realise that less is more in terms of government.

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Posted on December 24, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The United States is just getting started on an NHS-type of health care. This is Phase 2. The first phase started after the HillaryCare failure in the 1990s. They didn’t win the public battle, but they subtly shifted regulations to drive up the cost of health care and health insurance. Americans don’t want ObamaCare. We’re still polling at more than 60% of voters not wanting it. But here we are. We’ve all seen increases in our premiums and many people are being dropped from insurance and forced into the exchanges. A little-known clause in the ACA is that if you ever have to use the exchanges, you are required to use them henceforth — you can’t go back. It’s all designed to force most of us into an untenable system that will eventually be used as an excuse to move into an NHS-style system. Where will the world go for decent health care then — Thailand?

    Maybe England will wake up and make a healthy shift toward privatization before we get there and it will give us a reason to set aside the ACA, but right now, it looks as if the whole government has been bought off by the insurance companies and the American Medical Association.

    Thanks for stopping by. Why don’t you, young libertarian anarchist, come tell me what you like about what I posted, because I don’t necessarily like it from an ideological VOP and I suspect I’m more comfortable with Big Government than you are. Lela

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