Government is Force

Government is forceWhen you don’t see government as a force, I guess it’s easy to choose to use that force against your friends and neighbors, not to mention total strangers.

“It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.

People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.”

The government is gunpoint.  It is the greatest (by which I mean largest, not necessarily the best) source of power on earth:

Government is significantly different from anything else in society. It is the only institution that can legally threaten and initiate violence; that is, under color of law its officers may use physical force, up to and including lethal force — not in defense of innocent life but against individuals who have neither threatened nor aggressed against anyone else. “Government is not reason. It is not eloquence,” George Washington reportedly said. “Government is force; like fire it is a dangerous servant — and a fearful master.”

That’s not a controversial description of the State. Even people enthusiastic about government would agree.

Given this unique feature, then, why isn’t everyone wary of the State?

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Just as it is those who have the least respect for the destructive power of a gun or a match are the most dangerous people to have near either.  Children, for example, who lack awareness of both the destructive force and of consequences, should not be allowed to play with matches or guns.  They may be permitted to use them under the direct and carefully attentive supervision of adults who do understand the dangerous nature of the forces involved.

Yet those who have the least respect- in the sense of a healthy awareness- of the destructive nature of government force are those most inclined to carelessly use it against their neighbors.

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