Politicians love to throw problems upon that catchy phrase, “Special Interest Groups.” Entrenched politicians love to point fingers of blame at the “money in politics,” and the lobbyists who …apparently …pray upon our loving, selfless and servant-natured (but somehow helpless) politicians. It’s those lobbyists and “profit-motivated corporations” that cause all our problems, they say.
Oh come on now. Why do we fall for this? The most nefarious and mighty “profit-motivated” businessman (is this worse than power-mad politician?) is, without a politician, powerless against you. Only a politician can wield force in the form of coercion, prohibitions, regulations, codes, fines, fees, licenses, prison, oppression, genocide and war. No “special interest” has any affective power …unless, of course, it has purchased itself a politician.
Free markets are, by definition, free and completely voluntary. There can be no coercion or force, or it’s not a free market (take that, NAFTA). Politicians, however, ARE force. They do nothing without at least the threat of violence.
That’s why they also bad-mouth “unregulated free markets” and invent more ways to sell advantages.
The problem isn’t “special interest groups” at all. It’s the politicians they buy! It’s not that money buys influence. It’s that politicians sell it!
Who can be an “influence peddler” except the owners and wielders of influence?
Don’t be fooled again. Behind every serious social problem we face today, you’ll see the sneaky but unmistakable face of a politician. The solution to every one of these problems is to remove the politician.