Monday, October 15, 2007

Double plusgood, in fact

Here's a radical notion: Government is Good! I have to admire the courage of this website and its proprietor, to take such a forthright and deeply unpopular stance in the face of the general braindead libertarianism of the Intertubes.

Note: it is the official philosophy of this blog that government is in itself neither good nor bad, it is just an inescapable fact of human existence, and given that, there are certainly differentially good and bad forms of it. And, we have some obligation to join in the social process of sorting through those forms, ie politics, no matter how distasteful it may seem (if it sounds like I'm trying to convince myself, that's because I am).

h/t: a braindead libertarian, who goes on at great length proving that government is (can you guess) not so good. I can't resist quoting:

Before the New Deal, people took jobs that they preferred, and quit if the jobs did not pay sufficiently to compensate for the hazards and environment.
Whereas after the New Deal, as we all know, workers were rounded up into forced labor camps and shot if they tried to quit.

Here is a picture of some workers exercising their free economic choice in the paradisical, pre-New Deal world of unrestrained capitalism:

Damn you, FDR, for interfering with these children's voluntary exercise of their economic freedom.

1 comment:

goatchowder said...

I like your Theory of the Conservation of Government. Makes sense to me: government can be neither created nor destroyed, only transferred around; it is a constant.

I personally prefer a public, open, one-person-one-vote, from of government, with distributed powers and accountable to the people, to a private, closed, one-dollar-one-vote government run by corporations and a few wealthy families.