7 Natural Government v. State Control

Tackling the issue of just who is going to run the emergency services, educate us, set speed limits and so forth. Takes a look at those things that are running well in our society and points out that none of them were developed by the state These are things such as being able to regularly feed ourselves, choose from a variety of clothes, furnish our homes, buy materials with which to communicate, sell and trade skills, read literature, make phone calls, travel from place to place, watch TV or video, work-play with a computer, insure against the risks of life, listen to music, party and do many of the other things we associate with living our lives. All of the above arose from the interactions of a free society – from our natural government.

Then we take a look at all those areas that are the responsibility of the state and under their legislative control. Those who supposedly guarantee our safety on issue of pollution and food purity are most often to be found assuring us that everything is safe after nuclear accidents and accidental contamination of the food chain. By setting safe levels for food additives, food manufacturers are relieved of their responsibility when those levels are subsequently found to be dangerous. For decades the state stifled damning evidenced on asbestos and pesticide dangers. Our health service prides itself on its ability to deal with MORE sick people than ever before.

That government is best which governs least, because its people discipline themselves.”

Thomas Jefferson

The cost of supporting the state’s services is immense – fifty percent or so of all our productive energies is devoted to its support. Perhaps if all the wealth produced by our efforts remained within our society we would not be suffering from so much deprivation. It’s just a thought.

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We Can Do It Better – a timely example

The subtitle of my book The State Is Out Of Date is “We Can Do It Better” and here is a great example. Many like to think the government is keeping an eye on our safety, intervening to be sure