Thursday, September 02, 2004

The fiction of government

Don Bourdeaux at Cafe Hayek has a nice piece on why he favours markets over governments:

I suffer from an unusually acute aversion to mysticism, to unsubstantiated claims, and to mish-mash about “we as a nation,” “the hopes of the American people,” “pulling together as a country,” and other romantic foolishness that inevitably is meant to submerge each person’s individuality, wishes, and choices under the suffocating drabness of politicized and allegedly “collective” endeavors.

On this, see Edmund Morgan's Inventing the People which argues that representative democracy is a fiction - albeit a useful one.

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