Posted on May 8, 2006
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What do we need government for anyway? Judging from the last thread, there seems to be a consensus that our government is corrupt and self-serving, bent on plunder and empire building. The nation has been looted, all of our tax dollars and more — $8 trillion more – spent on who knows what? Weapons, wars, corruption, foreign aid, foreign intervention, a LOT of interest payments – who truly knows what else — and for what?
Look at the state of our education system, the state of our public infrastructure, our social infrastructure. Money has been diverted away from these projects for decades. It has all been gutted so that a select few could profit from the hard work of the many. Where has the money gone?
Hey – here is a great idea – why don’t we govern ourselves!
Oops, I guess we tried that, and this is what we ended up with.
The questions at hand is then:
What is the proper role for government? If we had to do it all again, what power should individuals cede to the government? How could we as a people ensure that our rights are not encroached upon and abused? How do we prevent the problem of the tyranny of the masses?
The wisdom of the Founding Fathers is becoming increasingly clear – that the role of government should be limited – extremely limited. But in the ideal world, what services / goods should a government provide, if any at all? A set of laws and courts? Schools? Roads? Unemployment Insurance? Healthcare? Or nothing at all? Or more?
Without concern for how to achieve it, what would the ideal state look like, in your opinion?
Think of this not as merely an intellectual exercise, but as preparation for a future that may not be far off…