Government as chauffeurSubmitted by dabooda on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:16
I'm reading an e-book by Robert Lukens, called The Place To Stand. It's a huge book, and I'm only halfway through it, so I'll hold off on making a book review -- but so far I'm liking it a lot. I'll give you a clue as to the plot, though: imagine the richest guy in the world deciding to estabish his own Galt's Gulch.
Anyway, Lukens has this analogy for people who love their country, but not its government -- I think it's great:
"If you love your car, you don't necessarily love your chauffeur. if your chauffeur does a poor job, if he endangers you and the car, you'd get a new chauffeur, and doing so would have no negative implications about your attitude toward your car. But, if your chauffeur has a big gun and threatens to get rid of you and keep the car for himself, you have the situation Americans now have with their government."
My only criticism would be: who really needs a chauffeur at all?