Government Is as Government Does

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by George Ford Smith

“People say government is corrupt. If it were corrupt, it would be acting in ways contrary and detrimental to its purpose, and it would be possible to right the course. In truth, government acts in ways that befit its nature. Today’s governments are states ruling by legal coercion. There is another, unacknowledged ‘government’ that works to govern our behavior peacefully, and it’s usually called the free market. But to states, the market — whether free or otherwise — is the farm from which they extract wealth and distribute it according to their perceived needs.” (03/13/23)