What the State Really Is

Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“To better understand the nature of government, one can think of it as an agency that sells or, more precisely, rents power to others. The greater the power and the wider its scope, the more opportunities the state’s agents will have to sell access to it in return for favors. Of course the demand for that power will also be greater. This stands to reason. If the government is allowed to make many important decisions about private activity, people will want to influence or control that decision-making — and they’ll be willing to pay for that influence as long as the price is less than the expected payoff. In other words, the supply of government power creates its own demand.” (06/04/21)