One of the cleverest means by which the majority of people are kept in their place in an oligarchy – which is the system we live within – is via mandatory insurance.
It is one of the hidden mechanisms by which the majority are kept in their place. In a position tantamount to that of a feudal serf, who is permitted to work so that he may continue to pay his fief overlords.
And not cause any trouble by becoming too independent.
It is very difficult for the average person – especially the average young person – to accumulate capital in our system because after taxes – and mandatory insurance payments – there is very little capital left over.
Just as intended – or even if not. The effect is the same, regardless.
Capital is leverage – the means by which a person can increase his capital. Mandatory insurance – after mandatory taxes – leaves not much to leverage. The average person can just about pay his necessary living expenses after he has paid his mandatory taxes and mandatory insurance.
He lives to work – and works to live.
Until he dies.
Of being free of the need to work . . . of the necessity to continue generating the capital to pay mandatory taxes and insurance.
The elites in an oligarchy favor mandatory insurance – and impose it – not because (as they claim) it is necessary for “the good of society” but because it is good for them. It prevents the average person from being able to accumulate any significant capital and thereby prevents the average person from ever increasing his capital.
Which prevents the average person from ever being in a position of not having to work in order to live.
For the average person, $1,000 is a great deal of money – especially after mandatory taxes. This sum is a much smaller sum than the average person is forced to pay each year for mandatory car and mandatory health insurance but it’s useful to grossly underestimate what the average person is forced to hand over in order to demonstrate the impoverishment effect of mandatory insurance.
One thousand dollars out of the average person’s pocket every year for five years is five thousand dollars – a considerable sum. A sum that can be leveraged – to use as a down payment on a first home, for instance. Or a rental property. An investment in tools and equipment to start or grow a business.
Average people used to be free to leverage capital because they were permitted to have capital. To take the small risk that attends the not-buying of insurance in exchange for the benefit of increasing their capital.
But that five thousand dollars is now zero dollars – because all of those dollars are diverted to pay for mandatory insurance – leaving no dollars to generate additional dollars.
The gerbil wheel spins but the gerbil makes no progress.
He is “covered” – but living pacycheck-to-paycheck, paying for harms he hasn’t caused – which harms him very much.
For the affluent elites who control the oligarchy, on the other hand, five thousand dollars is effectively no dollars, too – in the sense that five thousand dollars is sofa change to them. They still have plenty of capital left to leverage after they pay mandatory taxes and insurance, which impoverish them far less than they do they average person.
This is not – to be very clear – an argument that affluent people should be forced to pay more. It is an observation about the fact that mandatory taxes and mandatory insurance leave the average person with very little.
Which puts the average person in the position of the gerbil, spinning perpetually – until he can spin no more.
Ironically – tragically – if insurance were not mandatory and people were free to leverage their capital and build more capital, they’d have more capital – and be able to afford insurance.
Which would cost them less both proportionately as well as actually – because when you aren’t forced to buy something, that something always costs less.
Because you can always say no.
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