what is "government"?Submitted by mijj on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 08:18
if a foundational idea for Libertarians is "minimum government", then what counts as "government"?
It seems to me that anything that can control an individual's freedom to act is a form of "government". It could be the street gangs hanging round in your neighborhood, the local mafia, or powerful corporations. Any organization, if powerful enough, becomes "government".
With that in mind, "minimum government" ought to mean something like "there should be a limit to the power/influence of any organization relative to the power/influence of the individual". (Power/influence to include anything that could be used to persuade: eg, money, weapons, media control, propaganda, etc)
.. of course, how to make this ideal work in practice is another question.
So, anyway .. is this reasonable .. or am i just being naive? (I've expressed this idea just once elsewhere where "minimum government" was promoted and got derision and an accusation of being a communist in return .. but no reasoning)