For the past 100 years or so we have managed to become more and more dependent upon the government. If something goes wrong people look to the government to help them.
- If they cannot find a job then the government is expected to do something to create more jobs.
- If they have no income because there are no jobs then the government is expected to make sure that they have enough to stop them starving and to keep a roof over their heads.
- If they are looking for a job they expect to find one with the help of a government office like the Jobcentre or expect government help to retrain for a different job.
- If they want to set up a business they expect the government to provide training to help them and possibly even a start up grant.
In fact, for many people, if the government did not provide this kind of help they would not know what to do to help themselves.
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The stranglehold may get broken
The problem is that to do all these things takes money. We all know that governments have two ways of raising money i.e. from taxes and by borrowing. Raising money from taxes makes a government unpopular as no one likes paying taxes.
Most people and businesses try and do all they can to pay as little tax as they can. Instead, they borrow money but one day that money has to be paid back. A government is no different from an individual who has borrowed money again and again only to find eventually they cannot borrow any more.
Once the lenders start screaming at them. They end up having to make special arrangements to repay their debts and to do this they either have to increase their income or decrease their spending. Governments are not immune from that basic reality. That is why the government is trying to reduce its spending and to borrow less.
What happens if (or when) it does break
The scary thing is what happens when people have become dependent upon the government for so much and the government is no longer able to provide for their needs. They get angry.
They expected to be taken care of and the help they expected just was not there. That is when lawlessness becomes a problem. Those who have worked in disaster situations among people who expect the government to help them only to find that their resources are so stretched that they cannot do it have seen this kind of rioting and violence at first hand.
I do not want to live in a world like this. I don’t think it is good for anyone especially those who are angry. Those who are angry and have the strength to fight could make life unpleasant for everyone else. Angry people, even me when I have been angry, make mistakes and hurt others.
One of the tactics that people have used to survive has been to run their own business. I can hear people cringing now.
It takes money to set up a business, Well it does if you start big rather than start with a tiny seed and grow it to a full plant. There are a number of ideas on how to start a micro business in Making Money in the Parlour: Using the best room in the house to make money in a legal decent and honest way. Which we have published on Smashwords.
It takes personal strength to set up a business true but then it takes that kind of strength to fight the government for what you believe are your rights. Why not use that strength constructively rather than destructively.
We are trying but I just hope we are not too late