Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Role of Government

Governments cannot make men smarter, more loving, more industrious, more caring or even better citizens. Governments only power is negative-- in the sense that it can only prevent and coerce. For example Government can steal wealth form productive resources but it cannot make unproductive businesses productive. Government can regulate artists through censorship (the CRTC and the attempted banning of 50 cent) but it cannot make artists better. Governments power rest with its monopoly on the use of force in society-- a necessity-- but forces only power is to destroy and not create.

An institution that only wields negative powers should never be involved in artistic, intellectual or moral matters. These fields of human endeavor are based on the positive-- the power of creation. Creation requires a free mind. A coerced mind is unable to create and is bound for stagnation. A free rational mind is unlimited in its potential.

Governments proper function is to protect freedom so that the mind is free to think, make value choices and produce.

The Nationalization of Daycare is an example of this. The conservatives want a tax break-- should also have income splitting-- that would allow parents to "choose" how to raise their children while LIberals want to nationalize daycare which through further limitation of parents income-- even higher taxes-- would coerce both parents into working and by default force their kids into the Government daycare.


At 6:01 PM, Blogger NL-ExPatriate said...


Wouldn't home care and extended family care better promote family?

The Liberals policy on day care is little less than communist principled control of our lives and money because they know best.

What about all of the small towns and remote locations or the shift workers? No sir the Liberals are to regimented for my liking.

I can see the CPC polls going up and the Lieberals scare yankee poll itics campagn reving up.

OOO Scary harper
What about fuddle duddle Martian?

Ah I shouold stick to the high road I know.

At 6:10 PM, Blogger NL-ExPatriate said...

Posted two comments both refused to be posted?

At 6:11 PM, Blogger NL-ExPatriate said...

LOL forget it I see you have reviewing options turned on CYA

At 5:59 PM, Blogger angryroughneck said...

Sorry, didn't know my comments moderation had been turned on. its off again.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Joe Green said...

Bullshit! Angryroughneck is a facist and all fascists believe in censorship, unless it momentarily suits them to "turn it off".

Besides, what would the High Priestess of the Reformed Church of Objectivism have to say about such a public confession of imperfection??? You "didn't know?"

All Objectivists are liars. Just look at Alan Greenspan, the co-author of Atlas Shrugged.


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