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Human progress is a top-down project, led by benevolent and super clever planners working together, all the way down from the very pinnacle of global government. Progress takes the form of designs central planners draw up for the ideal society. This is the illusion fostered by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
According to president Jacob Zuma at Cosatu’s national conference, one of the ANC’s successes is achieving the MDG of reducing the number of people in South Africa living on less than a dollar a day.
The fact is that the ANC government has reduced the numbers of people experiencing the worst levels of income poverty significantly.
See, what makes the MDG’s so great – from the perspective of what Dr. Thomas Woods calls “sociopaths” – is that governments can claim credit for things that they have actually postponed. “Goals” – which were really outcomes of people acting through the market – are under the MDG’s claimed as if they were the success of governments and restraint of “the market.”
But despite what the MDGs and central planners like the National Planning Commission believe – and would like us to believe as well – economic progress is not government inspired. A more free market, instead of a centrally rigged market, would have seen South African poverty levels dropped (and likely material inequality diminished as well) much faster than any ANC or global government-led project. Contrary to what the MDGs stand for, society does not progress along a planned route to global government goals.
What is important is that we shouldn’t let them get away with it.
When we undertake projects to achieve good things, for us and the people around us, we should guard against framing our efforts in global government terms. If we claim to be working towards the MDGs, we would inevitably let credit for human progress go to the top, instead of remaining at the smallest applicable level. And we would be feeding Leviathan by maintaining the illusion that it is the source of order in society, when it is, in fact, order’s polar opposite.