07-23-2011, 08:13 PM
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: In the Tetons!
Originally Posted by ICON
I want you to imagine that most of the people in this society are mostly quite content with their situation.
In other words, it is a reasonably happy place.
And now the question that I want you to contemplate very deeply is this one.
What’s in it for government?
How can government – and government workers – benefit from having to exist within a society of people who seem to be quite happy and at peace with each other?
On what grounds can the government say to the people, “You need more government. Give us more tax money.”
Well, clearly, in such an idyllic society, it would be very difficult indeed to persuade the people to part with more of their own resources – acquired through their own labours – in order to fund ‘more government’.
However, if this reasonably happy society can be disrupted by some force or other – some force that induces ‘disharmony’ within the population – an increase in crime, say – then the government will find it much easier to extract a bigger piece of the society’s pie. For example, if there is an increase in crime, the people will far more readily agree to fund a bigger police force. If the men and women start fighting against each other, and begin to split apart, with married couples getting divorced, then the government can justify extracting further resources from the people in order to create a larger social services workforce to look after the women and children who are now on their own.
And the point that I am trying to get across here is this.
Governments benefit not by the people being at peace with each other, but by them being at war with each other in some way.
Of course, governments can benefit from many other things too, but the point here is this. Governments clearly benefit from what I shall henceforth simply call ‘disharmony’ – societal disharmony; such as crime....
And, collectively, by hook or by crook, these government workers can, and will, create the most monumental force in order to get these various benefits for themselves; a force that the people simply cannot counter.
"They" just want more money! Well as for me... I'd rather give more money to the crack heads on Welfare then any more dang money for wall street.
but I agree with this law brosef... governments benefit from lazy people, disenfranchised people (drug addicts, for example) and people who really don't care. they don't care about stopping their addiction, or their drug use, or drinking or whatever. again, the dregs of society will eventually flush themselves out while the people who want to work will work.