Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Episode 71. Collectivists Never Quit

Collectivists believe what they believe--that free markets are bad, capitalism is bad, it's too "dog eat dog", people need to "collaborate", etc., etc.

And they will not let facts intrude on this cozy mindset that, "We're all in this together." If the truth were admitted, that collectivism inevitably leads to state-sponsored violence against individuals to confiscate their property, the network of lies that prop up collectivism would be exposed for what it is.

Along comes CNN with a program that explains how innovation works in our "modern age". It's not the result of someone coming up with a better mousetrap, pleasing his fellow man by improving his life, exchanging his valuable innovation for money or other things HE values, voluntarily. No, it's the result of a sophisticated partnership between government and industry, because in today's world, the "cost of entry" is too high, or the cost of "changing the infrastructure" is prohibitive, etc., etc.

CNN's program cited two examples to "prove" this "new model" for innovation in America: GPS and the Internet. Both examples are bogus.

Both GPS and the Internet were originally MILITARY programs, designed by and for the exclusive use of the military. In the case of GPS, it never became useful in the civilian world until after the military expenditures for the satellites and ground stations had been deployed, and the military decided not to turn on the "denial of accuracy" provision during peacetime. And absent a war with another superpower with enemies using our own GPS system for precision navigation, it will remain that way.

Innovation didn't come to GPS until it became clear to commercial industry that full GPS accuracy would be available to civilians. And then the market for GPS receivers exploded, driving the ongoing miniturization and other innovations.

The Internet began as Arpanet, the military's alternative survivable network for transmission of military orders during a national state of emergency, including a nuclear attack. Arpanet developed the original network protocol for the Internet, but the Internet as an innovation didn't take off until universities and then commercial companies began to replicate the network in a technical environment that resembled the Wild Wild West (back in the 1990s) more than the orderly, systematic, government-regulated "innovation" portrayed by CNN.

One more time: Governments don't innovate. They make decisions based on politics, not economics or science. Collectivists can't and don't innovate, they inhibit innovation.

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