The real theory of trickle down is actually advocated by the interventionists and socialists. They think that if we tax everyone and give money to the government, it will eventually come trickling down to the middle class and the poor. Same with power. If we give more power to the state to regulate and run our lives, this power will trickle down to the rest of us.
But if you want to talk of implausible theories, this is surely it. Government’s power and money doesn’t trickle down. It takes money and pours it into ever more bureaucracy and gives it to the elites. Its power grows and grows at the expense of society. This is the experience of the whole of human history.— Jeffrey Tucker (via anarchei)
SugaShane: The Constitution is just a piece of paper. Essentially cataloging, not guaranteeing, freedoms and liberties. Sure, it’s a wonderful document but it has no power outside of educating and inspiring.
The real power of the Constitution comes from it empowering the people. And that’s the key; the people.
The Constitution didn’t fail, it can’t fail in the same way that it can’t succeed. What failed us is ourselves. We can’t even blame government because government was supposed to fail us, hence the reason the Constitution was drafted in the first place. It’s the people who fail themselves and forget to stay vigilant.
The same failure would be possible even in a world that lacked government. If the people don’t stay vigilant, organizations will form and they will take over and they will, eventually or perhaps even quickly, form government-like power structures used for oppression and violence.
The process is rendered more difficult without the existence of a governmental structure, but the threat is always there.