Politicians as community organizers versus entrepreneurs as community servants

Politicians as community organizers versus entrepreneurs as community servants  Considering the rhetoric of Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and US President Barack Obama, the fate of the world’s 2 largest economies is in the hands of “community organizers”. Despite thin resumes relating to executive experience, both relied on personal magnetism to inspire a hopeful electorate to see them as beacons of hope to bring beneficial change.   A similarity they might not wish to share is that their job approval ratings have recently tanked. Part of the cause of their declining popularity is that promises of momentous change were thwarted by realities that they willfully overlooked as candidates during their campaigns.    While their cratering poll numbers confirm Abraham Lincoln’s dictum that all the people cannot be fooled all of the time, Obama & Hatoyama remain popular based on personal virtues. It is likely that their belief that prosperity is promoted through taxation & government spending along with a penchant for “soft” social engineering undermines support for their policy agenda.  As part of the dance of democracy, politicians like Obama & Hatoyama seek credit for improvements in the lives of their constituents. In the end, their electoral support is often based on “zero-sum” games that involve taking money & resources from one group to give to others.  Meanwhile, entrepreneurs are another class of community leaders that bring countless benefits to their respective communities by engaging in “positive-sum” games through voluntary trade.   Resentment or envy associated with personal enrichment often overshadows the fact that successes of entrepreneurs improve the lives of many other people. They do so by engaging in competition & introducing technological change that creates new jobs, lowers prices, improves quality & delivers greater consumer choices.   While “good” intentions of populist politicians may draw praise from the media or attract Nobel Peace Prizes, their efforts to organize communities often lead to “chaos through planning” that involves interventions in the lives & liberty of their citizens.   While entrepreneurs may lack admirers & supporters, especially in the media, they help in the discovery of an ordered society through coordination of wishes of people choosing freely.

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Content of "Natural Order" attempts to reflect the commitment of Universidad Francisco Marroquin to support the development of a society of free & responsible individuals. The principal commentator for this blog is Christopher Lingle.

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