How to Fail

Dave Killion — May 14, 2012

This video, courtesy of Free Market America, has been proving very popular recently –

“The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism—it’s become an economic suicide pact. And we’re here to challenge it.”


There are a number of interesting variations to be made on this theme:

If I wanted America to fail, I would impose regulations making victimless exchanges between consenting adults into crimes. I would make take these consenting adults prisoner, seize their property, and kill them. No private activity would be safe from scrutiny, and the regulations would be so complex and contradictory that no citizen could hope to be compliant.


If I wanted America to fail, I would make Americans believe that the world is so populated by people who are a serious threat to our very existence that we must exercise our military might and police power over every land and every sea. I would mock anyone who questioned the flood of blood and treasure that makes this exercise possible, and I would accuse them of cowardice and betrayal.

It seems to me that there are a great many paths to failure, and the US and Canada are on several of them.

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