“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
This is a classically American saying, because it embodies the greed, hate, lies, and hypocrisy of capitalism.
The very essence of capitalism is a demand for a free lunch. It is the drive to get control of capital and property. When you join the rentier class, you become a parasite, sucking from your hosts. You get a free lunch, not because you do anything, or contribute anything, but because you own everything.
And the more you become a parasite, enjoying a free lunch, the more you self-righteously scream, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch!”
When you were a young child, your parents fed you without demanding that you get a job, or that you submit to drug tests. They gave you a free lunch without telling you that “There’s no free lunch!” They did this because they loved you.
Anyone who says, “There’s no free lunch” is not motivated by love, but by hate and selfishness.
Unfortunately that includes most people. An example was Milton Friedman (1912-2006).
A compulsive liar and hypocrite, Friedman gave countless talks about what he called the “free lunch myth,” which he defined as “the belief that government can spend money at no one’s expense.” Friedman even wrote a book about this (see above).
The truth, of course, is that the U.S. government does spend money at no one’s expense, since the government creates its spending money out of thin air.
Gambling, including lottery games, is another form of seeking a free lunch. A form that millions of people indulge in.
But suppose we look at it a different way and we agree that in the physical world, you “can’t get something for nothing.”
Even so, how do we go from (a) everything costs something to (b) everyone should work to make rich people richer, and (c) average people should not help each other…?
All of Friedman’s garbage is based on the lie that money is physical and limited. This lie leads to the lie that the U.S. government can only help some people by taking from other people. For example, Friedman opposed having the U.S. government pay for higher education (e.g. college), since, in Friedman’s twisted mind, the money would come from taxes.
Once you believe this lie, you naturally regard “donors” as superior (i.e. as “makers”) and recipients as inferior (i.e. as “takers”). And since most people regard themselves as “superior,” and as “makers,” and as “victims,” most people love Friedman.
In 1966, author Robert A. Heinlein published a science fiction novel title The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, in which the central theme is “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” The novel is considered “libertarian,” an ideology whose core beliefs include…
> Government regulations are only for the peasants.
> The purpose of government is to widen the Gap between the rich and the rest.
>“Unsustainable” describes anything that narrows the Gap between the rich and the rest.
>“Proper economics” describes anything that widens the Gap between the rich and the rest.
>“Big government” is anything that helps average people.
The bottom line is that this world is full of free lunches. They just aren’t shared.