The Mathematics of Freedom, Corollary

EmailI received an email about my recent post on the Mathematics of Freedom, in which I repeated the truism: “The Government that governs least, governs best.” I can’t rephrase the email and still do it justice, so here’s an excerpt:

“Why do you hate government so much? Government helps people. It protects the nation. It protects your freedoms. Why do consider it your enemy? Remember, if you didn’t live in America, you might not even be able to complain like this about the government.

See what I mean? This guy is cognitively challenged. Let me repeat another truism. This one is from America’s greatest president, Ronald Wilson Reagan, from his first inaugural address:

“…Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?”

Exactly. If I understand his meaning correctly (and I believe I do), then government itself is the problem. And that is because it is made up of people who are incapable of governing themselves, much less the Nation. In this one paragraph, he has proven that government cannot ever work.

Let’s prove it by contradiction. If people were (by and large) capable of governing themselves, then they would likely be capable of making those same sorts of correct decisions for the Nation. And since we know that government is the problem, then that means that people are incapable of governing properly (themselves or others). And there you have it: an indestructible circle of logic. Quod erat demonstrandum.

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