Analyzing Anarcho-Lemonadism

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The much publicized little girl-lemonade debacle in Oregon raised my eyebrows in a couple of ways. For instance, take this article on OregonLive. No one seemed to have noticed this ironic snippet.

“I understand the reason behind what they’re doing and it’s a neighborhood event, and they’re trying to generate revenue,” said Jon Kawaguchi, environmental health supervisor for the Multnomah County Health Department. “But we still need to put the public’s health first.”

Here’s a government official who is a part of the rent-seeking, fascist governmental bureaucracy that is wildly out of control, stomping on all of our rights to voluntarily engage in transactions we desire for the sole purpose of enriching the state in terms of both power and cash collections, and he refers to the seven-year-old girl as “trying to generate revenue.” As a former anarcho-lemonadist on the streets of St. Clair Shores, Michigan (admittedly, it was 30+ years ago) who was consistently endangering the health of the public with my home-brewed beverages, I assure you that the last thing on that little girl’s (or her mother’s) mind was “generating revenue.” The reality is that children gravitate toward these activities because it is a fulfilling activity that stretches their mind and challenges their developing work ethic.

As a child, I despised doing the dishes (blah), but I loved to be outdoors to sand and paint my skateboards and bikes, or help my Dad clean the garage. And especially exciting were those lemonade/Kool-Aid selling days. This gives a child the opportunity to be outdoors and focus on something they see as a desirable goal – servicing and pleasing the customer – while performing very specific duties that need to be completed in order to arrive at chosen ends.

Sure, the minds of children, in the modern era, are saturated with perpetual stimulation-type amusement/entertainment activities that melt down their brains, dumb down their natural intelligence, and keep them in a state of perpetual juvenility. However, they aren’t predisposed to be in such a pathetic state – they are conditioned by their political-cultural environment to be lifetime Bread-and-Circus patrons and assume the drone status. Otherwise, the minds of children, even at seven years old, are very perceptive of the nature of commerce and the important role it plays in the development of societal relations, survival, and happiness. Our youngest humans are naturally inclined toward productivity, approving feedback, and the pleasure that one gains from positive transactions with others that satisfy the needs of those persons. And yes, they understand that their work ethic and productive enterprise results in an exchange process that is mutually beneficial to both buyer and seller.

In fact, children don’t understand “revenue,” but they do interpret the meaning of a mutual satisfaction process that garners them “money” that can be exchanged for something they value or saved for future use. The most catastrophic outcome of the current Keynesian, consumption-based economy propped up by monetary manipulation, credit expansion, and artificial stimulation is the mass production of perpetually miserable consuming children who are never taught to produce, but only that they must consume in order to be a good citizen. They learn that in order to “feel happy,” they must consume, accumulate, and accumulate some more. They lose sight of – or never learn – the fact that they must first produce in order to be able to consume. In an era when more and more children are said to be suffering from depression-type disorders, committing suicide, and experiencing sustained disquietude, these children have more things and stuff than any previous generation of American kids.

The politically-correct, anti-commerce, bureaucrat-generating, statist environment that is suffocating our society, and that starts in the public school prisons that entrap our kiddies, has certainly stifled our youths’ hunger to be capable, productive denizens, but that is an evolutionary human trait that can’t be eradicated, even through the power and force of government or the endless propaganda from the media and statist society. Hence the healthy infatuation with lemonade stands, a great, entrepreneurial American pastime. Kids are born to be curious producers/entrepreneurs who are made merry by the results of their own hard work and creativity, but it is the coercion of government and its cadre of enablers that attempts to suppress their natural instinct and convert them over to the parasite class. Here’s another quote from the article that comes from a mouthpiece from the Oregon state public (un)health division:

“When you go to a public event and set up shop, you’re suddenly engaging in commerce,” he said. “The fact that you’re small-scale I don’t think is relevant.”

Commerce: the dirty word. The activity that must be overseen and engineered and regulated by the central planning class “for the good of us all.” The uneducated citizens who don’t understand anything about libertarianism often associate us with a simplistic (and violent) type of anti-governmentism. The more complex truth behind that is the fact that everything about government is coercive (coercion = force = violence). Libertarians love commerce because it is peaceful, it is voluntary, it is mutually beneficial to all parties, and ultimately, commerce is the foundation of civilization and societal well-being. To replace commerce with government planning carried out by a small class of people who think they know what is best for the rest of us is brute force against our person and property. And we libertarians reject the use of all force against others who have not trespassed against us.

On the flip side, there is much good that comes from these incidents. Exposing the force and illegitimacy of government through its multitude of unthinkable run-ins with children and lemonade stands is a great opportunity to appeal to the reasoning powers of the average American citizen and open up their minds to the reality of the political environment that robs freedom and destroys the quality of life.

Lastly, note that the man who initially publicized this whole thing was Michael Franklin, a man at a booth next to the felonious lemonade stand. Franklin is an avowed anarchist who contributes to an online anarchist radio network.

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9 Responses to Analyzing Anarcho-Lemonadism

  1. De Coster on Lemonade « Polyhistor says:

    August 7th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    [...] 2010 by Paul Stagg in Economics, Libertarian/Political Stuff, Required Reading Tags: Lemonade 0 This is a fantastic piece by Karen De Coster. To replace commerce with government planning carried out by a small class of [...]

  2. Matt says:

    August 7th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Once upon a time “generating *revenue*” was the bailiwick of tax enforcers:

    A friend of mine commented that an easy solution is adding “Unlicensed” to the lemonade stand’s sign. That would tell customers exactly what they’re getting, but it certainly wouldn’t satisfy the puny tyrant Kawaguchi’s appetite for a strip of hide off Julie’s back.

  3. Douglas Perry says:

    August 7th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Oh how would I ever survive without Kawaguchi and company to protect me from the 7 year old girls of this world? Petty tyrants abound at every level of government. I suspect the “natural mature” time is at hand.

  4. steven says:

    August 7th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Excellent article, Karen. I truly envy your ability to put things into words. This is one of your best so far.

  5. cousin lucky says:

    August 9th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I Second Steven’s Comments Ms De Coster!! This article put goose bumps on my arms!! When I was a youngster I would rather be earning money doing chores for someone instead of playing inane games.

    My Grandmother prized her baking contest prizes that she kept in her dining room! My mother prized the ” Citizenship Awards ” My friends and I got from the City of Boston for rescuing people during two back to back blizzards.

    We brought wood, coal, food, and water to people trapped in the streetcars and brought four women on my sled to the nearby Women’s hospital to have their babies.

    Lots of people forced money upon us that we did not even ask for. My stepfather was trapped at his job for almost a week and he almost fainted when he saw the mountain of change and bills on our dining room table when he finally got to our house.

    Going out with a shovel, a rake, etc. to find work that you can do is indeed a valuable life lesson when you are young. not only does it inspire your work ethic but it also teaches you to be able to communicate with other human beings!!

    I sure would love to put this article of yours on my website; I just love it!!

  6. Alex says:

    August 9th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Maybe the poor little girl should have put up a decoy sign that read “Made With 100% Subsidized Corn Syrup!” and the bureaucrat would have left her alone.

    Uh-oh, call the AMA, somewhere a young Lucy Van Pelt is practicing psychiatry without a license!

    “Don’t Tase Me, Charlie Brown!!”

  7. Michael says:

    August 10th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    “…and they’re trying to generate revenue…” Ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black, huh?

  8. tee says:

    August 18th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I think a bigger travesty is that the town has a “environmental health supervisor.”

  9. White End Tables says:

    August 26th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I find it really strange that demonstrants are against the build of the mosque, as the planned building isn’t purely a religious building. Heck, it welcomes everyone, and even a basketball court is planned to be built inside the mosque. A community center sounds better, and sounds less scary.

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