31.3.08

Big Government is not the Answer

Hell, it isn't even the question. I came across this in my meanderings today.

World Government for Liberty? by J.K. Baltzersen

A world government, be its center at the banks of the Potomac or the East River, with the capacity to give you all you want, will also have the capacity to take it all away.

U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater told us: A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.

That also goes for nations and peoples. The government that is powerful enough to give liberty and democracy – or perhaps rather liberty or democracy – to nations and peoples is also powerful enough to take it away.

We here in Europe are often told to be grateful to the Americans for their help to Europe during World War II and for their guard of Western Europe against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

While I perfectly well understand the American “isolationist” position of not using taxpayers’ money to fight foreign wars and not go about fighting monsters around the world, I am grateful, but not without reservations. I certainly will not submit to servility under the United States federal government because of what the American military has done for Norway and Europe. Freedom, which we – to a considerable degree at least – got through the defeat of Hitler’s regime, includes the freedom of thought and expression.

By no means do I think what the Allies did to Dresden, Hiroshima, or Nagasaki was justified. Nor do I believe that the ignoring of internal German resistance was justifiable. Of the lasting concepts Hitler and World War II brought to world society, the reference to Hitler and his regime always being worse as justification for all sorts of violations is arguably among the most unfortunate – if not the most unfortunate.

So if I think it was alright for those United States to protect Europe against Nazism, Fascism, and Communism, why don’t others also have a right to democracy, i.e., by military intervention.

Firstly, there is no such thing as a “right” to democracy. more

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Jørn K. Baltzersen, he is a senior consultant of information technology in Oslo, Norway. His blog may be found here.

de Brantigny

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