The Free Keene blog, a new blog emerging out of the Free State Project, started by posting an entry about “The Fiction of Good Government.” For those of you still unfamiliar with the basic Anarchist refutations of statist rhetoric, read this entry and you should be enlightened.
But for a moment, let us look past this and see what else we can infer and observe from this argument- we’re still left with the supposed “fact” that people are all genuinely bad. Well, if this were so, why do we have such anomalies like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Gandhi? According to this theory, they shouldn’t even exist. Moreover, consider the actual implications of what is being advised- that stupid, evil, terrible people should be in charge of stupid, evil, terrible people! So we’ve gone from trying to create an institution that protects people from their own barbarity to giving more power to those very people! In a sense, we’ve taken one step forward, and an entire lifetimes worth of walking back. To that end, the mere act of becoming part of government does not magically endow one with superior moral faculties. To drive home the point further, let me quote Frederic Bastiat:
“If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?”
The very idea that government should be made of people who are naturally bad to “control” those who are naturally bad is simply a recipe for disaster, if not just plain absurd and nonsensical. To draw an analogy, we’d be creating a prison like institution, and then handing over the keys to the very prisoners we’re trying to keep locked up!