Monday, 23 March 2009

Tom Clougherty on the Adam Smith blog

This post is the blogosphere at its radical best. Tom Clougherty peeks at the shape of a small-State Britain with the government running just core functions and all the rest devolved down to the lowest effective level.

Like Tom, I don't expect to see it in my lifetime, but isn't it about time we adopted an aspirational target as radical as this against which to measure just how far we are from it?

The Leviathan State has the same magic as the Cuckoo, its size being all but unnoticed by the much smaller parents that struggle to feed it. The concept of just how small a State could be should be constantly in our minds, and any State over this size should be by our express consent, and not by default.

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There's a useful companion piece on the mises.org site HERE.

3 comments:

it's either banned or compulsory said...

Interesting read, thank you.

Young Mr. Brown said...

Great post.

Are you sure you're not going to join the Libertarian Party?

:-)

Newmania said...

ha ha love the cuckoo metaphor very good