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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Government Exists To Secure Our Rights?

Many if not most libertarians would say that the sole purpose of government is to secure individual liberty.

Jim Davies, writing at Strike The Root (http://www.strike-the-root.com/61/davies/davies6.html), sees a fundamental contradiction:

We know what "liberty" is: It's the ability for everybody to own and operate his or her own life without constraint. We also know what government is: an organization in the business of governing; that is, of imposing control over people, operating their lives for them in some degree large or small. The two are therefore absolutely and permanently opposed to one another; the more government, the less liberty, as surely as a see-saw. To set government to secure liberty is to set a fox to guard the henhouse.

Anarcho-capitalism, anyone?

2 Comments:

Blogger Columbine said...

To set government to secure liberty is to set a fox to guard the henhouse...

...and offering to tie his bib.

28/5/06 14:40  
Blogger Tad Pole said...

Columbine:

Yes, indeed!

31/5/06 10:58  

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