Sunday, December 12, 2010

I See Dead Ideas

The more viciously our government kicks us in the nuts, the more eagerly people flock to the polls to elect different nut-kickers. Voters don't mind slavery, they say. They just want kinder masters and special privileges. Well, good luck with that.

Laws are no longer made by a rational process of public discussion; they are made by a process of blackmail and intimidation, and they are executed in the same manner. The typical lawmaker of today is a man wholly devoid of principle — a mere counter in a grotesque and knavish game. If the right pressure could be applied to him, he would be cheerfully in favor of polygamy, astrology or cannibalism.

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

H. L. Mencken

Do you still think government is a good idea? Do you still think government can be contained or throttled back?



  1. Nope, and nope. The "freest" nation there ever was has devolved into corporate dictatorship. There is no form of government that will secure Individual Liberty...

  2. Hi Mayberry,

    The biggest problem in the world is the universally-held insane notion that government is a good idea. It's also the only idea that no one will discuss.


  3. Dave,

    Without the government, "how are kids going to get nutritioned?" as I heard with my own ears on public radio, when an exemplary inner city youth was asked what he thought about funding cuts for the Indoctrination department. Yes! And how will they get edumacated, without the State?

  4. Hi Brass,

    Yep, and you can bet that exemplary kid has never heard of Bastiat, who eloquently cut such notions to rips and tatters over a hundred and fifty years ago.



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