The DC Reality Tour

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Libertarians
everywhere have long been aware of the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s
famous Truth in Government tour of DC. It was offered some
years ago by Jeffrey Tucker during a supporters summit. I’ve typed
up my notes to make the tour an online experience.

We read about
Washington DC in civics class, but nothing can compare with an actual
visit to the Imperial City. Casual visitors to DC are often astounded
by the opulence of wealthy quarters, the grandeur of the state’s
old monuments to itself and the brutalism of many newer ones, the
poverty and crime of the bulk of the city.

The potholes
and decay of DC are a favorite joke among foreign diplomats who
often compare the city to hardship posts like Kinshasa or Cairo.
Many thoughtful people ponder these stark contrasts within DC and
between DC and their hometown. It is enough to make them wonder
how much worse their city would be if DC were given any further
responsibility for running their hometown.

Now, for the
first time, we’ll go behind the scenes and reveal to the general
public some of the details of this magnificent and exclusive tour.

Below is the
long thought lost itinerary of the "Truth in Government"
DC Reality Tour.

Highlights
Include …

The Lincoln
Memorial

Erected during
the Progressive Era, the idea here is to entrench the perception
that the consolidated state is irreversible, not only in fact but
also as a matter of faith.

Note that this
is the "temple of democracy," but the man is featured
with his hands on the fasces.

“Numerous
governments and other authorities have used the image of the fasces
as a symbol of power.”

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the rest of the article

April
13, 2009

Anders
Mikkelsen [send him mail]
is a cost management consultant in New York City.

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