I have been spending time in Ecclesiastes as of late an noted and interesting passage:

18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.”

On reading this I was struck with the emotional character of the passage related to someone else receiving the results of Solomon’s labors.  This concept was written about 3000 years ago.  The same concept was found by experience about 100 years before the founding of this nation.

For the young men, that were most able and fit for labour and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice.   From here.

This is the actual emotional application to a person’s labor.  This is the reason that socialism will never work.  Period.  A person will never work for another with better effort than they will work for themselves.

The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s and other ancients applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.

The genius of this country was not in the formation of the government, but rather in the limitation of it.  Our founders recognized this truth and designed a government requiring responsibility of the individual allowing freedom unknown in previous civilizations.  The result of this plan was a nation exceeding all others in growth, advances, and culture.  Detractors fuss about slavery, but ignore the fact that slavery was a common institution at the time of the founding and this was the second nation in the world to outlaw slavery.  That sounds like an accomplishment to me.  I will take pride in this to anyone trying to devolve the nature of this nation.  Personal responsibility with freedom to accomplish one’s desires produces a better result:

And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.

Note the alternative to the notion of freedom and responsibility utilizing personal property: “tyranny and oppression.”  When people have personal property that is respected, they produce “much more that otherwise would have been…”  The farther this nation swings towards tyranny and oppression, the lower the output of the individual will be.  I note the oppression of this government during the last three years, and the requisite economic growth indicating near flat rates.  It was mentioned on the radio earlier this afternoon that it is easier to open a business in China or India than in the United States.  Where will the growth be?  Where the least oppression exists.  Where the individual profits the most from their own labors.

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