Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Emphasis on "IS"

Government Is Our Problem

Government, Spencer wisely wrote, should not be used to do such impossibly complex things as regulate commerce, educate the people, provide charity or even make roads and railways.

It should be used "simply to defend the natural rights of man -- to protect person and property -- to prevent the aggressions of the powerful upon the weak -- in a word, to administer justice. This is the natural, the original, office of a government. It was not intended to do less: it ought not to be allowed to do more."

He would add "save the planet" to the list of impossibly complex things the government should not be used to do.

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