Do Starve the Beast

I agree with Ryan’s post and I cringe whenever I hear one of our alleged allies talk of increasing government revenue. Looking at it strategically, as I did in my LRC bestseller Direct Citizen Action, it is critical to shrink government revenue, not only to maximize liberty but to starve the beast of the funds they need to continue to dominate us. Increased government revenue means increased enforcement of imaginary crime laws, more illegal foreign wars, more killing of strangers in strange lands with whom we have no grievances. Increased revenue means the government can create more clients dependent on various forms of welfare and thus whose votes are purchased fair and square. Finally, a certain percentage of government revenue is recycled and used by the political class directly to maintain power. These funds include political donations kicked back from contractors and employees and the employment of patronage workers whose only real “job” is to spew propaganda and work on campaigns during their generous leave and vacation time. Libertarians must oppose each and every measure that increases government revenue.


12:04 pm on December 10, 2012