Comment: Don't misquote me.

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Don't misquote me.

I try to use the pronoun "them" when speaking of "government" -- and I'll frequently mark the word "government" itself with quotation marks to remind myself and readers that "government" isn't some magical all-powerful beast with special moral privileges. It's just a bunch of folks, like you or me -- only worse, because, unlike me, they have chosen to employ threats and force in their dealings with others, and extortion ("taxes") as their means of "earning" a livelihood. "Government" is just individuals who have chosen evil as their way of life.

I'm not a huge fan of "government" outside OR inside the Constitution. The sentiments behind the Bill of Rights were noble -- but one thing the Constitution has proven is that "limited government" is an oxymoron. Quoth Larken Rose:

Government is a ruling class. It doesn’t matter how much rhetoric it’s hidden under and whether you say “it’s representative” or “our master is really our servant.” The shorthand version is: If there’s somebody who can boss you around and take your money, HE'S NOT YOUR SERVANT. If he CAN’T boss you around and take your money, he’s not “government.” And as soon as you have someone above you, as soon as you have a master, as soon as you have a ruling class, even if you have a Constitution that you can wave around and say “these are the things you’re supposed to do” – WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN HE DOESN'T??

As soon as you accept the premise of government and authority and a ruling class, the only thing keeping it "limited" is the conscience of the master. Like if you’re a slave, and you say, “I accept that I’m your slave, master, I belong to you, but please be nice to me.” Well, maybe he will and maybe he won’t -- but it's not up to YOU any more. And that’s the problem with “limited government”: As soon as it’s government, it’s the master.
-- from a radio broadcast called "Freedom Frenzy"

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose