My ‘I Told You So’ World
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 –
By Tibor MachanDr. Tibor Machan
All of us who have long concluded that big government − which is to say, government with wide, nearly unlimited scope of power over the population it is supposed to serve − is a menace, no better than a gang of embezzlers and extortionists, can shout out “I told you so.”
From the time of the American Revolution it should have been crystal clear that trying to solve the problems of a society with what government has to offer, namely, brute force more or less subtly applied, is a horribly bad idea.
Yes, it was that even before but by then plenty of major interlocutors in political discourse knew it well. Sadly, the governmental habit was by then so ingrained in most populations around the globe that getting rid of the habit became nearly impossible.
My own special area of concern has been government regulation, that insidious practice of meddling with people’s lives on innumerable fronts, and I have been watching just how addicted some leaders and public philosophers are to the idea.
So I read such publications as The Economist, Barron’s, Bloomberg Businessweek and the like almost religiously, perhaps because I am hoping against hope that the message that government regulations are nasty as all get out will in time sink in.