A friend recently forwarded me an article from the Wall Street Journal. Most of the ideal propounded by the author seemed to me to be spot on! He talks about his ideas for a free society; a society whose vision is based on respect for people and what they value.
He quotes Thomas Jefferson who warned that “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” As I read the article I couldn’t help but revisit something that has been on my mind of late and wonder when it was that we started expecting government to take care of all our needs and the freedoms we have given over to government in return for that care. Are we truly headed to a complete “nanny state”; or, are we perhaps already there?
Over the years, it has been my experience that government over-regulation and interference has acted to stifle innovation, cost many businesses out of existence, or cause entrepreneurs to give up before they begin. I have also noticed that government usually does not do a very good job when it attempts to do things that are better done by private industry/business. As the author says, “This is what happens when elected officials believe that people’s lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by people themselves.”
I would love to hear your thoughts on the issues raised by the author.