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French Thatcherite Upends 2017 Race Pledging to Shrink the State

Monday, November 21, 2016 8:14
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Is there anything more important in our time than reversing the march of the statists, the people who would regulate everything and game the government for themselves and for their allies. Perhaps not, at least in the political sense.

The only way to truly fight crony capitalism, to fight the entrenched neo-aristocracy, is to make the state weaker. More regulation isn’t going to solve the problem. That is, frankly, a foolish dream. The powers that be like regulations. The more complicated they can make things the better. The harder it is to start a business, the more opaque the regulations for citizens, the higher the taxes, the more it benefits the political class and their hangers on.

It’s not government versus business as we’ve been told our whole lives. It’s the cronies and the crony system enabled by an intrusive state versus people who just want to live their lives in peace and do business. The social programs that have been sold to so many are a largely con. They are all too often tools of subjugation and used to line the pockets of a vast bureaucratic class.

Times have changed. Technology has made nearly everything more efficient. Time for this technological revolution to really take a bite out of the state.

2017 is going to be a very interesting year.

(From Bloomberg)

Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, the new front-runner in France’s 2017 presidential election, is offering voters an economic-policy revolution inspired by Margaret Thatcher.

Fillon, 62, vaulted from third position in most polls to win the first round of the Republican primary by 15 percentage points from the veteran Alain Juppe on Sunday with the most free-market platform among the seven candidates. They’ll face each other again in next Sunday’s runoff and the winner will be favorite to become president in May 2017.

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