Part 1: Government in Business
People tend to fall into habits and into unquestioned ruts, wrote Murray Rothbard, especially in the field of government. On the market, in society in general, we expect and accommodate rapidly to change, to the unending marvels and improvements of our civilization. New products, new life styles, new ideas are often embraced eagerly. But in the area of government we follow blindly in the path of centuries, content to believe that whatever has been must be right.
In particular, government for centuries and seemingly from time immemorial has been supplying us with certain essential and necessary services that nearly everyone concedes are important: defense, firefighting, streets and roads, water, sewage and garbage disposal, postal service, etc. So identified has the State become in the public mind with the provision of these services that an attack on State financing appears to many people as an attack on the service itself.
“Part 2: Streets and Roads” …
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