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The Reverse Midas Touch of Government

George257 Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 3:36 PM
Thank you, Younger. The Narnia books must be one of the greatest collections of children's literature in English. I have a volume of all 7 books which I have been saving, to read to my little boy, when he is old enough. As he is now 6y 3m old, I have just read him the first chapter of the first book, as his bedtime story. (It is 8.30 pm here in England.) He says he enjoyed it. I am hoping he will grow up loving to read, and learn some moral values from the books.

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...