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The Reverse Midas Touch of Government

amiga Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 5:22 AM
"I suppose a more interesting program would be to identify things that the government does intelligently and effectively. Any suggestions?" Alas, such a program would barely fill three minutes, hardly sufficient for commercial television.
George257 Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 3:40 PM
Strictly speaking, governments were traditionally supposed to limit themselves to defence, foreign affairs, law and order, and minting the currency.

They do not do any of those things very well, but perhaps if they tried to do less, they could fulfill their proper functions more nearly adequately.
drrisk2 Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 2:57 PM

Three minutes? Surely you jest. 10 seconds is more like it.

Since I’m an out-of-the-closet libertarian, it goes without saying that I’m not favorably disposed to government intervention. As far as I’m concerned, Washington’s an inherently corrupt town filled with people seeking unearned wealth.

But even if I didn’t have any underlying philosophical or moral principles, I think I would still favor small government.

Why? Because just about everything government does turns into a bloody cluster-you-know-what, so there’s also a utilitarian case for libertarianism.

I discuss the reverse Midas touch of government with John Stossel.

The theme of Stossel’s show, by the way, was looking at how...