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Recent Government Decay

January 11, 2010

What few key points would you use to summarize to a libertarian the declines in the quality of governance in the last 1-2 years, in order to convey the immediate and increasing importance of competitive government? Can be US-centric, but not US-only, since the government industry is global.

I’m thinking maybe 1 bullet point about the US, say the rise in spending/debt under Obama and/or nationalization of banking & auto industries. Maybe 1 about the EU and one about the world?

Must be succinct! Comment away!

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8 Comments
  1. darkapplepolisher permalink
    January 12, 2010 12:51 am

    The increasing rate at which laws are getting churned out before the effects of previously passed laws can even be realized. (Ex: the US tax code)

  2. January 12, 2010 4:21 am

    The disaster of immigration in France comes to mind- a post-imperial social democratic welfare structure not designed for open entry and exit; a suburban orphan class fuelling a 38% unemployment rate. The riots of 07 or 08 are a great example of a captive population.

  3. someone permalink
    January 12, 2010 10:09 am

    The registration of ammunition purchases in California, signed into law by turncoat Republican Governor AS.

  4. January 12, 2010 3:53 pm

    the price of credit default swaps on government debt?

  5. Mike Gibson permalink*
    January 12, 2010 6:16 pm

    “lemon socialism”–the policy of bailing out and taking ownership stakes in failing industrial and financial firms

  6. puetzz permalink
    January 13, 2010 1:46 am

    The disparity in the beliefs of the populace and the beliefs of the political class world wide.

  7. January 13, 2010 7:57 pm

    Shifting risk to the general population and profit to the politically anointed.

  8. Free permalink
    January 18, 2010 5:43 pm

    ” What few key points would you use to summarize to a libertarian the declines in the quality of governance in the last 1-2 years ”

    What the fuck is ‘quality of governance’ ? You wouldn’t be suggesting that gov’t doesn’t work would you ? The quality of governance has been zero since government exists.

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