Scope of State

When a state has a large scope its activities are complex: many different functions with many interactions and hard-to-determine consequences. This makes it difficult for voters to know exactly what is going on and therefore opens them to “manipulation” by special interests. These interests can more effectively obscure the costs of their proposed policies and make them appear as if they are in the general interest when they are not.

via The Price of the Mega-State « ThinkMarkets.

The quoted article is great. The only way to reduce the influence of “special interests” (even though all interests are “special”) is to reduce the scope of government. Unfortunately, Obama & Co want to expand the scope of government, all the while railing against “special interests”. If there was ever a case of politicians saying one thing and doing the opposite, this is it.


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