Politics In A Nutshell

I enjoy reading blog comments almost as much as the blog entries themselves. This entry was both rewarding and disappointing; disappointing because the comments display profound ignorance and rewarding because of Megan’s key idea:

Government powers come only at enormous cost: to liberty, to community, to the economy, and of course, the financial burden of paying for them.

Indeed, it seems to me that there are only two political issues:

  1. The proper balance between government powers and their costs – what’s the right trade-off?
  2. Which behaviors do we want government to punish or reward?

All of the political labels we use are just code words for pre-packaged collections of opinions. Saying that someone is conservative, libertarian, liberal, or progressive tells you very little.


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