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Does No One Care?

As the US citizenry loses freedom after freedom, few notice or care. Nothing, in my opinion, illustrates the uselessness of our political system and political class than the lack of response to the massive acquisition of firepower by the Department… Read More »Does No One Care?

Countries Come and Go

Losing influence is a slow and imperceptible process. It happens to individuals and nations. Both tend to underestimate the effects. Business moguls at the top of their game eventually age and retire. All experience diminution of influence and importance that… Read More »Countries Come and Go

Do Only Dumb People Believe in Government?

I collect quotes as I stumble upon ones that strike my fancy. Unfortunately they are in a database that cannot be searched or sorted. For other purposes, I surfed this growing database in search of quotes on government. The search was not thorough and only by accident does  it contain my favorites. In reviewing the list, included below, I was struck by two things:

  1. Virtually all were unfavorable with respect to government.
  2. The quotes were by and large from famous, intelligent and respected people.
As anyone who reads this sight knows, I am not a fan of government, certainly not as it exists today. Thus, my collection undoubtedly suffers from “selection bias.” Even so, the number and uniformity of the negative quotes overwhelmed me. So, I attempted to provide some balance by seeking out quotes in praise of government.
To my surprise (and somewhat to my delight), they were nearly impossible to find. I began with a Google search for  “government quotes” which produced 15,900,000 hits. Those that I reviewed looked like a repeat of what was in my database. The following three links were fairly typical:

Then I shifted my search terms to “good government quotes,” “pro government quotes” and “pro big government quotes.” A quick review of several of the hits failed to produce a site where government was praised. Most included results already in my database.

Although hardly a scientific study, two hypotheses come to mind:

  1. Google is against government and salts their search engine to emphasize disparaging comments on government.
  2. Intelligent people don’t try to defend the indefensible.

Those with time on their hands might want to test two hypotheses out (hint: don’t waste too much time on the first) or come up with alternatives to test.

If someone comes up with quotes in praise of government, I would be interested in seeing them. In the meantime, here are the quotes that came from my database. After reading these, one is only left to wonder how we let things get so out of whack.

  • Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. H.L. Mencken
  • Force always attracts men of low morality. Albert Einstein
  • Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class. Albert J. Nock
  • … the State has never shown any disposition to suppress crime, but only toRead More »Do Only Dumb People Believe in Government?

The Notion of A “Recovery” is Nonsense

IBD makes the following points: