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Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Freedom Paradox

This is my latest at the Partial Observer, on how shrinking the State will only make it stronger. Excerpt:
Tyrannical, intrusive government enlarges the State, but it simultaneously weakens it. Many empires have collapsed under their own weight, from over-expansion and too many obligations. Big government is like an athlete on steroids, but for the long-term viability of the State, less is more.

How so? Smaller government reduces the capacity of the State for waste, fraud, and abuse. The people are then more inclined to trust it more, and to give it their allegiance. Also, the State would have the ability to marshal more resources when they are really called for.

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