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Government is not Evil

Written By: Dan Stanley  |  Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I am glad Jerry Salcido, who writes representing libertarian thinking, believes and promotes that government it good (see "Government is Good" at the Campaign for Liberty website). He is, though, being a little naïve at best or disingenuous at worse to suggest that the libertarian movement is so clean on this issue. One of its own writers recently wrote without reserve that government is evil - period. If I recall correctly, it was an article posted on the Campaign for Liberty site (of which I am a member). This harks back to H. L. Menken who wrote "I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time." Thomas Paine, who libertarians love to quote, wrote one essay entitled "Society is a Blessing, But Government is Evil." In his concluding statements he writes "Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." Paine was flat out wrong. And so are any libertarians who think this way.

Government nationally is just as necessary as parents or sheriffs locally, differing in scope, purpose and length, but the same in regards to order and well being. Christians believe God ordained government to execute wrath on evil doers (catch the crooks and punish them). You may not be a Christian (75% of Americans claim to be so I assume three fourths of my readers agree), but the fact remains. And I must admit, libertarians can come across almost as agnostic at best and atheistic at worse. Would the atheists take issue with government to that extent, seeing it as an evil thrust upon society? I don't know. You will have to ask one. But libertarians should know better. What they confuse or refuse to face is the inherent evil in all institutions on earth, whether government or marriage or family or business or neighborhoods or churches. Do we call churches inherently evil when we find corruption and even criminal activity in them? Some do, but I don't. What about families? Are not all families afflicted with some evil in them? Yes. That is why we teach little Johnnie or Susie to not lie nor steal and to respect others property. We don't have to teach them how to lie and steal. That is in them. Are families inherently evil then? Are not all workplaces afflicted with some evil in them? So are they evil institutions? Are not all branches of government afflicted with evil in them? You say a hearty yes to that! Are not all neighborhoods afflicted with evil? Judge Judy says yes. Do you see where you end up? It is all or none. If evil's presence relegates that institution to being evil, then you must conclude you yourself are evil (of course, Christians believe that is so about mankind which makes it much easier to understand and explain when evil shows up in government, homes, and all others aspects of life). Then you must designate yourself as an evil institution and abandon it (you)! Are you ever in trouble.

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