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Government Shouldn’t Be Run Like A Business

Politicians all the time tell us their intention to run government like a business.  To my dismay, even Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has been saying it.

I don’t like it.

Businesses want to grow and become more rich and powerful.  They can do so without being a threat because our relationship with them is purely voluntary.  If we don’t want to have anything to do with a particular business we don’t have to.  But government is force.  Government is coercion.  And you can’t get away from it.  Although some level of government is necessary, we don’t want an entity that can legally use force and coercion against us to become bigger, richer and more powerful.

If we want a certain service provided to us in a business-like fashion, why not just get it from an actual business?  And if we don’t like that business we can always go to a different one.

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