Timmy elsewhere

At the ASI.

Big government\’s been bought: that\’s why we need small government of course, so that no one will bother to try and buy it.

9 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere”

  1. There’s a problem though. Even the “minimal” state makes and enforces laws and maintains a monopoly on the legal use of force (self defence excepted) in its territory. That gives it power and people will seek to influence/acquire or expand that power for their own ends. I’d expect a small state to gradually expand again unless you can put some mechanism in place to prevent it.

  2. “Big government’s been bought: that’s why we need small government of course, so that no one will bother to try and buy it.”

    Square that with Pigovian tax policy.

  3. I’m with James. Even a small govt sets the rules, and so is well worth buying. You’d need some kind of argument like “a small govt sets fewer rules, so instead of a vast number of decisions, there are only a few, so the public can scrutinise them better”. Does that argument make sense? You need to make a case for it, or some other.

  4. Like the Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cymru? Would you have to learn Welsh/Cymraeg, or would the purchase/pryniad require English/Saesneg to be the first/cyntaf language/iaith again/drachefn?

  5. The tea party Taliban – Martin Frost

    “Ten years ago, the Taliban in Afghanistan destroyed two gigantic figures of Buddha, carved into a hillside 18 centuries before. The world was aghast at this barbarian act taken in the name of religious purity. But was powerless to stop it.

    We now have a group of U.S. politicians seeking political purity, who seem to have much in common with the Taliban. They are tea party members; and because of blind adherence to smaller government, they seem intent on risking destroying what American political leaders have constructed in more than two centuries of hard, often painful work. Like the Taliban, they see compromise as an unacceptable alternative.”

  6. Interesting how the language of propaganda from the left grows ever more frantic, the “Tea Party Taliban” indeed, what a joke. So now trying to stop a historically extraordinary increase in the scale of government becomes a taliban like act of destruction.

    From amongst the corrupt bureaucracies of Washington maybe that’s what it looks like, and assault on their god-given (secular god though…) right to dictate where the money flows.

  7. Martin Frost was a Democrat Congressman. On the world scale of things, that probably puts him centre-right. Still, I guess all that labelling of the most right-wing Democrat to sit in the Oval Office as a “socialist” is entirely reasonable, and not propaganda at all. What would FDR think, aside from telling the banksters to go screw themselves.

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