Government: The Problem, Not the Solution (My Newswithviews Column, Oct. 26)

Bust of Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) - Roman as art print or ...

Julius Caesar killed the republic–then perished in its general ruin.

Government makes a mess, then demands more power to clean it up. It seeks perpetual expansion, at the people’s expense. It has always done so.

Government: The Problem, Not the Solution

Y’know, you can operate a government without doing harm; you can even do good. But not if your lust for power becomes a mania, and drowns out everything else. How often have we seen that pattern!

“A republic–if you can keep it,” said Benjamin Franklin.

We are way too close to losing it.

6 comments on “Government: The Problem, Not the Solution (My Newswithviews Column, Oct. 26)

  1. I could see many years ago (sometime in my 20’s) that man was incapable of governing
    himself. I said this to my husband, and he said “oh, well, we have laws…” So much for
    that. Huge books filled with laws just don’t get it.

  2. A brilliant essay. I still remember what my old graduate school professor once said to me when I expressed confidence that the American system and spirit were strong enough to survive: “Phoebe, you’re a classicist. You know how quickly a civilization can collapse.”

    1. We used to say, “Politics is like standing water; the scum rises to the top.”

  3. The US prospered, because it was comprised of a population with a preponderance of ethical, moral people. As our collective morality has declined, so has our civilization.

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