World Transformation: Government
 Government
picture 6 May 2004 @ 09:14, by ming

From Synergic Earth News: In 1848, Frédéric Bastiat wrote: I wish someone would offer a prize for a good, simple, and intelligent definition of the word "Government." What an immense service it would confer on society ! The Government! what is it? where is it? what does it do? what ought it to do? All we know is, that it is a mysterious personage; and, assuredly, it is the most solicited, the most tormented, the most overwhelmed, the most admired, the most accused, the most invoked, and the most provoked of any personage in the world. I have not the pleasure of knowing my reader but I would stake ten to one that for six months he has been making Utopias, and if so, that he is looking to Government for the realization of them. And should the reader happen to be a lady: I have no doubt that she is sincerely desirous of seeing all the evils of suffering humanity remedied, and that she thinks this might easily be done, if Government would only undertake it. But, alas! that poor unfortunate personage, like Figaro, knows not to whom to listen, nor where to turn. The hundred thousand mouths of the press and of the platform cry out all at once - "Organize labor and workmen." "Repress insolence and the tyranny of capital." "Make experiments upon manure and eggs." "Cover the country with railways." "Irrigate the plains." "Plant the hills." "Make model farms." "Found social workshops." "Nurture children." "Instruct the youth." "Assist the aged." "Send the inhabitants of towns into the country." "Equalize the profits of all trades." "Lend money without interest to all who wish to borrow." "Emancipate oppressed people everywhere." "Rear and perfect the saddle-horse." "Encourage the arts, and provide us musicians, painters, and architects." "Restrict commerce, and at the same time create a merchant navy." "Discover truth, and put a grain of reason into our heads. The mission of Government is to enlighten, to develop, to extend, to fortify, to spiritualize, and to sanctify the soul of the people."... "Do have a little patience, gentlemen" says Government, in a beseeching tone. "I will do what I can to satisfy you, but for this I must have resources. I have been preparing plans for five or six taxes, which are quite new, and not at all oppressive. You will see how willingly people will pay them." ... Then comes a great exclamation: - "No! indeed! where is the merit of doing a thing with resources? Why, it does not deserve the name of a Government! (02/11/04)


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