Saturday, June 11, 2011

George should help

I wish our friends on the left would reflect on the reality that an increase in government necessitates an increase in violence and coercion. I suspect it is an uncomfortable truth (remember, Sen. Harry Reid has managed to convince himself that paying taxes is voluntary). As George Washington said:
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master.”
This is why libertarians are so adamantly opposed to the expansion of government: it serves as a further restriction on freedom and impinges our ability to live our lives as we see fit. Instead our actions are increasingly beholden to the whims of government officials. Little wonder some of the people at Tea Party rallies appear to be angry -- they have good reason to be.

In contrast, it is a bit mysterious why the left should be similarly upset over the prospect of a libertarian officeholder. What is the fear -- that he won't impose more rules and regulations and seek to govern more aspects of their lives? That less of their tax money would be confiscated?

Remember, while socialists can form communes and be perfectly socialist in a libertarian society, libertarians cannot abide by their own set of mores and rules in a socialist society.

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