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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/8784/government-in-three-steps/

Government In Three Steps

October 15, 2008 by

Homer J. Simpson once summarized the argument for monopoly government as follows: “The whole reason we have elected officials is so we don’t have to think all the time.”

A corollary to Homer’s Law holds, “The whole reason we have bureaucracy is so elected officials don’t have to think all the time.”

Taken one step further, it’s also true that, “The whole reason we have lobbyists is so bureaucrats don’t have to think all the time.”

{ 5 comments }

KY Leong October 15, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Who was it who once observed that “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much”?

All this Austrian stuff is too hard. Easier to make consumption=income=investment.

Or something like that.

Romeo Stevens October 15, 2008 at 11:40 pm

lets bring it back together. the whole reason we have specials interest groups is so we don’t have to think all the time…
if you start to think of all special interest groups the way an atheist thinks of religions it all starts to make sense.

Pierre October 16, 2008 at 12:04 am

think tanks think for lobbyists, academics think for think tanks, undergrads think for academics

cinefoz October 16, 2008 at 8:24 am

You forgot to close the loop.

The reason we have lobbyists is so the average person doesn’t have to think very often. Or, as Homer might say, “If we didn’t have lobbyists, then how would anything get done?” Or, as the lobbyist might say to Homer, “We’ll take care of this for you AND you can have this box of donuts.”

William October 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm

“…undergrads think for academics”

And wikipedia thinks for undergrads.

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