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This is what happens when you give government too much power

Posted: July 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm   /   by

Because a vanishingly small number of kids have reactions to sunscreen, state laws prevent any students from being able to use it.

When you talk to a libertarian minarchist who says that government’s role should be to prevent force, theft, fraud, and breach of contract—and otherwise to get the hell out of the way—don’t write him or her off as crazy, fringy, or a dreamer. At least they have the virtue of citing the basic functions of government to which all (but anarchists) will generally agree, but not giving in to anything else. The reason that is a virtue is that once you allow for government to fill other functions, you are allowing for the slippery slope to government doing LOTS of things. I believe that government can also provide some other public goods, but once I say that, do I not open up the floodgates for others to claim all sorts of things as public goods? My vision of what are acceptable public goods is much narrower, but how can I make it so that my vision is the vision. Maybe night-watchman-state libertarians are right. Maybe the slope is just too slippery.

Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be statists.

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HT: Family Security Matters