From Gonzalo Lira:
A lot of people — and I am one of them — claim that personal and business freedoms are being eroded as never before. They show as evidence the roll-back of civil liberties, the over-regulation of business, the insistence on “compliance” by the various security agencies of every little rule, no matter how trivial—in short, the over-regulation of American life.
They are right: The U.S. government is guilty of over-regulating individuals and businesses — egregiously so.
On the other hand, a lot of other people — and I am one of them too — claim that certain persons and corporations act lawlessly as never before. They show as evidence the abuses of power of those in leadership — be it business, government, the military, or the intelligence/security aparatus — and they insist that something has to be done about it, some regulations have to be imposed.
They are right too: The U.S. government is just as guilty of under-regulating certain individuals and businesses as it is of over-regulating other people and businesses.
Obvious question: How can they both be right? How can it be that a few people, a few businesses, a few institutions are getting away with murder — in some cases literally — while most of us are under a crippling yoke of excessive, dishonest, petty and trivial rules and regulations that either serve no purpose, or actively pervert the welfare of our society?