Decentralization, Education, and the Church

The main reason why I have been able to make a lot of money, as well as crank out 50 volumes of books and so many articles that I cannot count them, is that no one told me to do it.

Simple, isn’t it? It’s called laissez-faire: let us alone.

One of the best presentations I have ever seen on applying this principle in organizations is here.

One of the reasons why the commercial real estate market is not going to recover to its 2007 heights is because companies that refuse to honor this principle are not growing or hiring, while companies that do honor it are growing and hiring. When the principle of laissez-faire is honored, the size of headquarters shrinks. Thus, the demand for existing commercial real estate shrinks.

The principle of laissez-faire is a free market principle. My first five full-time jobs were with organizations run by free market advocates. All five men understood how to apply this libertarian principle.

So, why don’t most large organizations adopt this principle? If it’s profitable, the free market should adopt it. First, because the free market is not allowed to operate. Second, because people who get to the top of today’s institutional pyramids want power more than money. They sacrifice profitability for personal power. They think that centralized power is more productive. They refuse to imitate profitable firms that are more decentralized.

This provides opportunities for smaller organizations whose owners and managers are more interested in output than control. Admittedly, there are not many of these people, but this is to their advantage . . . and yours, if you work for one of them.

Wealth Through Decentralization by Gary North

The Christian Church should be one of those groups that place output over control.

This suggests that the place to be is in encouraging homeschooling (first), but also the development and networking of home churches as well.

Not much place for the aging & failing denominations in the future.

Internet-based and small-group churches and study groups, on the other hand, have a shot at the big time.

When you look for institutions to support, look for those that are committed to decentralization, both philosophically and operationally.

Wealth Through Decentralization by Gary North

It’s time to win.

UNCERTAINTY AND LIBERTY

To maintain liberty, we must affirm the legitimacy of uncertainty. When we demand security at the expense of uncertainty, we surrender liberty.

Yet we never escape uncertainty. We merely change its magnitude. We may deal with the day-to-day uncertainties of the free market. We win sometimes. We lose sometimes. But we do so incrementally.

When we hand over the task of dealing with uncertainty to government bureaucrats, we create the environment for major uncertainties.

The tsunami in Japan exposed the uncertainty of a form of government-regulated, government-licensed, and government-protected nuclear power generation. Whenever a major natural disaster strikes, we hear a universal excuse: “We did everything we could to protect the public.” Translation: “Don’t blame us.” This means: “Don’t cut our budget next year.”

We cannot avoid uncertainty. We can decide how the social order will deal with it, either through private property or government funding and government regulation. When we adopt private property, we get little setbacks and occasional breakthroughs that produce large profits. When we adopt government bureaucracy, we get big setbacks with huge losses — losses that are funded by taxpayers, not the people who made the bad decisions.

Think “Katrina” and “Army Corps of Engineers.” Think “big bank bailout, 2008” and “big bank bonuses, 2010.”

Wealth Through Decentralization by Gary North

Good things happen, when we decide that we shall not strive to be as God, and shun the way of ego-mad self-adoration.

We are not always going to get what we want.

We are not always going to be safe and secure.

And we should not be pursuing our own safety and security above all things.

We should be imitating Christ instead, who placed God’s will and the need of others over His own safety and security.

CONCLUSION

Centralization is always risky. It is much more risky than what the educators, politicians, and tenured bureaucrats tell the public. “Too big to fail” is always sustained by the taxpayers. The more protection that a civil government can extend, the larger the catastrophes are when they hit.

Decentralization is the method of liberty. It works in private industry. It works in civil government. When it comes to centralization, less is better than more in the vast majority of cases. At this late date, decentralization is a nearly universal cure-all.

For fast, fast, fast relief, decentralize.

Wealth Through Decentralization by Gary North

It’s time to stop selling out actual liberty in the name of some political promise of safety.

It’s time to win.

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