When did the government become a monster?

This is the first post about a topic I often think of and may return to here. The not ideal state of the U.S.A.’s entire government system.

More and more I’ve thought that our government is a monster. I wonder when it became one. Was it as soon as they started creating it, when it grew to a certain size? Or was it recently when the distance between representative and “ordinary citizen” grew and the relationship of the thing became skewed? When do our representatives really listen to us? And why are there so many? Why can’t we have a direct democracy and make all decisions by majority or unanimous vote of the ACTUAL public?

The way it is now, I see the government as a monster. It is humongous, far beyond the proportions that it should be. It overreaches so many boundaries. It regulates our very civil liberties. It presumes to tell us what is correct behavior for our own health (sin taxes, illegalization of substances, limits). Yes cigarettes are bad for you. And yes overly sugary drinks are bad for you. And yes alcohol is bad for you. But who gave the government the right to regulate these things, specially tax these things, declare them illegal and spend money-probably ours-and time advertising against these things, in our delis and on our trains? I certainly didn’t give them that right. I never said I thought that was their job. Because I don’t think it is. Did you give them that right? If I didn’t give them that right and you probably didn’t either, do they have that right at all?

“The notion of the social contract is that individuals unite into a society by a process of mutual consent, agreeing to abide by certain rules and to accept duties to protect one another from violence, fraud, or negligence.” “Social contract theory formed a central pillar in the historically important notion that legitimate state authority must be derived from the consent of the governed.”

Thoughts?

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5 responses to “When did the government become a monster?

  1. Mutual consent has fallen away to the point where most of us don’t think our government even cares what we think or want at all. It’s a shame my generation has accepted this and I am very very encouraged that you do not. It gives me hope for the future, your future.

  2. You should consider moving to Somalia. I here there’s no government there. Right by the water too.

    • The thing is, that doesn’t fix what I’m talking about. And I’m not interested in doing that. I know you probably said this jokingly but I guess I’m just in a serious kind of mood! 🙂

      • It is a serious objection to your claims. Everything in the post speaks to the harms of government. Somalia is currently the only place in the world that arguably has no government, categorized by political scientists as a “collapsed” state because it has no legitimized authority. The result is a disaster, showing that the real evil is the absence of a mechanism, namely a government, to provide people with political goods vital to sustaining a high quality of life, let alone law and order. So that is why governments exist and take on the size they do. It has been shown that effective bureaucracies have the tremendous potential to produce reform and growth for a country. An absence of effective governance, on the other hand, is a strong predictor in state failure and demise, and ultimately social harms i.e. poverty. Government is pretty fucking necessary….

      • I think you’re really misunderstanding me. In my response to you I was saying that going somewhere where there was no government would not fix the issues I’m speaking of. Because I’m talking about the government here as being an issue. I do think a system is necessary, but I am not content with the one that exists. I’m not at all saying that we should not have one…but rather that we should work towards a better one! Hope that clears things up.

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