Here’s the perfect song — Where’ There’s a Whip, There’s a Way — for statist advocates of force as a way of life, which is almost every politician today.
It’s the implicit anthem for anyone who says “we have to have [proposed new program], just implement it and we’ll figure out how to pay for it afterward.” No need to think about details — taxpayers will just be forced to pay for it. It’s the song for people who think that the War on Drugs will work if we just keep going at it — we just need to use more force, to imprison more people. It’s the song for those who think that price controls will force business to produce the same products at lower prices. It’s the song for those who think that any level of taxation can be imposed and that people will just go on working to pay those taxes. It was Mao’s song when he collectivized the farms and ordered production quotas to be filled under threat of death. After all, in each case, where there’s a whip, there’s a way.