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.
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.”
April 13, 2009