Extremely Short Article About the Role and Size of Government
|January 9, 2007||Posted by Staff under Archive, Progress Report, The Progress Report|
More Government? Less Government?
Extremely Short Article on Government’s Proper Role and Size
All government arises because men move in opposed ways to their objectives; no one but an anarchist would deny that its existence is, under any circumstances we can foresee, a necessary condition of peaceful social relations. But the argument that, especially in the economic sphere, we are over-governed, is not one with which it is easy to have patience. Less government only means more liberty in a society about the foundations of which men are agreed and in which adequate economic security is general; in a society where there is grave divergence of view about those foundations, and where there is the economic insecurity exemplified by mass-unemployment, it means liberty only for those who control the sources of economic power.
Who wrote this? Hint — the person’s initials are H.L. and it was written more than 50 years ago! Does the argument sound plausible to you?