Why does everyone expect government to grow?

Apparently, people have a misunderstanding of what the purpose of government. In the extreme, they think it’s supposed to be the boss of everybody, as in, “Majority Rules.” That’s democracy, which is Greek for mob rule. That’s the only way that people have figured out how to operate the commons, that is, there should be a constant uniform standard for roads. But once the routes are decided and the roads are built, why does the planning committee hang around at taxpayer expense with no job other than to think up new regulations.

Government isn’t supposed to _do_ anything but sit there and be a reference point. Everytning that gets done gets done by some person. As long as nobody’s robbing anybody, who needs any other rules?

I was going on about growth of government – why do people insist on more government all the time?

Government shouldn’t grow at all. It should be like a trellis, and the whole rest of the country is the ivy. You don’t expect the trellis to grow, just to be there to provide a framework for the ivy to organize itself around as it sees fit to suit its own purposes.

 

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