There Is No Such Thing as “Non-Essential Business” as Our Commie Governments Will Soon Find Out (As Will We)
There Is No Such Thing as “Non-Essential Business” as Our Commie Governments Will Soon Find Out (As Will We) by Michael Maharrey via Anti-Empire
Nobody can predict what shutting down one part will do to the rest
As the coronavirus-induced economic lockdowns have tightened across the US, we’ve seen the emergence of a government-inspired fantasy – the myth of the nonessential business.
Government officials across the country have forced the closure of these so-called non-essential businesses while allowing “essential” enterprises to soldier on. Politicians and bureaucrats have developed arbitrary criteria to determine which businesses are and are not essential.
I say arbitrary because there is really no objective way to make such a determination.
In the first place, every business is essential to the owners and employees who depend on it for their livelihood. Try telling the owner of a “non-essential” craft shop that her business is non-essential when her mortgage comes due.
As I wrote last week, the economy is life-sustaining.
Looking at the macroeconomic picture, determining what is or isn’t economically “essential” presents us with the fundamental problem of central planning: nobody possesses the knowledge necessary to grasp all of the ramifications of shutting down one business in favor of another.
The economy is an intricately intertwined system. It is diversified across time and distance. One part depends on another in a symbiotic relationship. Production and distribution form a long chain of interconnected links.
No link in a chain is “non-essential.”
When you yank one link out, however insignificant it might seem, you destroy the entire chain.
That’s exactly what these government officials are doing with their arbitrary closure of “non-essential” businesses. They are destroying the economic chain. They may take solace in the fantasy that they are only shutting down that which is non-essential, but they fail to recognize their own ignorance.