Freedom and Capitalism: The Cure For Sexual Misconduct

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December 3, 2017 by Anders Ingemarson

Yes, yet another article about the depravity of entertainment, media and political high rollers! Don’t despair—we’ll cover an angle that deserves more attention: the fact that freedom in general, and capitalism—with total separation of state and the economy—in particular, provides the best long-range protection against predatory sexual behavior.

Rob Tracinski of The Federalist made the point a few weeks ago at the height of the Harvey Weinstein affair:

“For those like Weinstein who are out in the private sector, we need to leave people as free as possible to speak and publish so they can criticize and expose the corrupt elites, which is the only thing that eventually stopped him. And we should leave the economy as free and vibrant as possible so that people have more ways to get around creeps who like to set themselves up as gatekeepers whose favor you have to curry if you want to get ahead.”

A major reason why so many media and entertainment personalities are being exposed now is the radical reshaping of their industries. Since the dawn of the internet, and especially since bandwidth became abundant and cheap enough to allow for streaming to a screen near you (flat-screen, laptop, tablet, phone, etc.), competition has dramatically intensified and become more diversified for both the delivery (cable, satellite, phoneline, wireless, broadcast) and content (Netflix, Amazon and others entering the field). Gone are the days when the power was concentrated to three major broadcast networks and a few studios.

With the power diluted, the incentives to protect the Harvey Weinsteins of the world have been reduced. Women pursuing an entertainment or media career have more professional options than they used to, meaning that both “coming out” about the past and saying no in the present are less likely to be a death sentence for their careers.

And main stream media journalists, feeling the competition from bloggers and other online writers, are being forced to throw some caution to the wind to stay relevant. Caution that previously contributed to the cover-up of sexual misconduct that supposedly “everybody knew about” but nobody exposed.

None of this would have happened without capitalism’s positive impact on media and entertainment. It is no coincidence that advances in information technology is indirectly and directly responsible for the majority of the current disruption; information technology has been the most uncontrolled and unregulated—the most free and capitalistic—industry in our country the past 50 years.

With women in media and entertainment professions having more options, and journalists being, well, more journalistic, the opportunities for gatekeepers currying sexual favors will be dwindling, meaning that these industries will lose some of the attraction in the first place for men seeking an outlet for their creepiness.

And the positive effects are not limited to media and entertainment. Other industries have been put on notice as well. Our guess is that the revelations over the past couple of months have caused quite a few sleepless nights in many quarters, and quite a few past transgressors will think twice before (again) repeating their offenses.

What other areas may be (over)due for similar revelations? An educated guess is to look for fields protected by government controls and regulations preventing disruptors from exercising their individual rights to enter the field, thereby sheltering the gatekeepers and perpetuating their power. Higher education is a reasonable bet, and although the thought is particularly revolting, perhaps K-12 education. If there is a problem as we suspect, the long-term solution is to let freedom ring and let uncontrolled and unregulated capitalism rule by separating state and education.

What about sexual misconduct among the political class? The accusations are unlikely to stop with Roy Moore, Al Franken, and John Conyers. Tracinski again:

“If the elites are corrupt (and we should always assume that they are), then we should give them as little political power as possible, subject to as many limits and checks and balances as possible. Every time we contemplate giving some new power to politicians or government officials, we should assume that we might be giving that power to the moral equivalent of Harvey Weinstein—and then we should think twice about it. […] Our elites are corrupt, and we shouldn’t be surprised. It is an old problem: power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is also an old answer to that problem, a lesson we should all know already: that freedom is the enemy of power and the only escape from its corruption.”

These men’s sexual misconduct started before their political careers. Politics just became another outlet for their urges. Most likely an unhealthy quest for power for power’s sake early on manifested itself in a desire to sexually prey on and control women. Later, politics became an additional vehicle for their power lust.

Again freedom and capitalism is the solution. By removing government controls over the economy, Washington, Montgomery, St. Paul and other political power hubs will become less attractive to such men; with total separation of state and the economy, holding public office would simply not come with the “fringe benefit” of wielding power over women and men. And by subjecting the political control of the proper functions of governmentnational defense, the police and the courts—to as many limits and checks and balances as possible, power lusters would for the most part stay away from politics altogether.

Freedom and capitalism do not guarantee the complete elimination of sexual misconduct. But their inherent qualities of giving individuals more career choices in the free market place and of limiting political power do guarantee that the freaks who engage in sexual misconduct—in private industry and in politics—are relegated to the fringes of society.

2 thoughts on “Freedom and Capitalism: The Cure For Sexual Misconduct

  1. dwlievert says:

    Anders:

    Another excellent article.

    When Guttenberg’s invention shattered the sequester of information in the 15th century, the establishment, which at that time was the “collusion” between royalty and clergy, was inescapably forced to acquiesce to the widespread dissemination of both information and knowledge. As but one example, it is no accident that Luther’s heresy occurred less than a century later. The rise of science and its inviolate method that subsequently followed, offers limitless evidence as well.

    The enlightenment continually gained momentum, the industrial revolution and the founding of America quickly placing exclamation points on what Jacob Bronowski has termed, “The Ascent of Man.”

    The Internet, in my judgment, provides evidence that Bronowski’s “ascent” is certain to continue. The modern establishment, consisting of the “colluding” partnership between socialist secular “clergy,” and modern “royalty” (media, education, Hollywood, and the federal Leviathan), is finished. However, they will not “go quietly into that good night.” They will, as Dylan Thomas’s somber poem reminds, “rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

    We are witnessing, with seemingly now-common “revelations,” as well as with the on-going furor over Trump’s election victory, but the beginnings of the raging against the light that has been “triggered” by the creation of the internet

    You are one of – forgive me for use of the term, “a thousand points of light,” though certainly NOT one to which Bush 41 was referring when he coined the term! You and rapidly growing cadres of others are a part of another “reformation.” The one that will lead us back as well as ahead to the ideas and ideals of the enlightenment.

    Keep up the good work! I hope you will be able to attend one of the upcoming gatherings at which my friend, Robert Gore will speak, on the evenings of December 11th in Westminster, or on the 13th at the Independence Institute in Denver.

    He is one of those bright “points of light” as well.

    With warmest regards,

    Dave

  2. Thanks, Dave. It occurs to me that they are not so much raging against the dying of the light as against seeing the light. See you on the 13th.

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