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America Must Reduce the Size of Government

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“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.”
—Frederic Bastiat
States exist at the expense of their citizens, who are not aware of the price they pay. Although people tend to view states as indispensable institutions to promote equality, provide security, and protect public goods; they often overlook their sacrifice of liberty and economic well-being due to government interference. Forms of states vary—liberal democratic states, welfare states, communist states etc.—throughout the world; but their artificial nature is the same: states only emerged through the consent of all the citizens. Nevertheless, states do not function by a social contract; instead, the few who are in power usually make decisions for all. In fact, people are frequently misled to justify taxation—believing that states redistribute wealth, thus creating equality through this process. However, redistribution does not necessarily mean transferring wealth from the rich to the poor. Moreover, government interference in the free m...

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...on-on-Hudson, NY: Foundation for Economic Education, 29.
[23] Goody, Jack. 1975. Literacy in Traditional Societies. New York, NY: 55.
[24] Ibid.
[25] Ibid, 55–57.
[26] Bastiat, Frederic. 1994 [1850]. The Law. Irvington-on-Hudson, NY: Foundation for Economic Education, 3.
[27] Baugus, Brian. 2008. Frederic Bastiat: Libertarian Challenger or Political Bargainer? The Independent Review 7:4 (Spring): 576.
[28] Bastiat, Frederic. 1995 [1848]. Selected Essays on Political Economy. Irvington-on-Hudson, NY: Foundation for Economic Education, 2.

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