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Jim Rongstad posts an excellent set of videos illustrating the mechanics of big government, and supporting the notion that that government is best which governs least.
A useful illustration. It only falls short of being brilliant in that it doesn’t take its premise to it’s logical conclusion.
If the government which is most accountable, least able to cause harm and least susceptible to corruption is the government which is as small, dispersed and as local as possible, it should logically follow that the best possible government is one which does not exist at all.
In calculus we would define a function, f(x), where x is the size of government and f(x) is the utility (or morality or some other philosophical conception) of government at size x. In analyzing the limit, lim(f(x)), we see that f(x) increases as x decreases, and that f(x) becomes infinite as x tends to zero. Ergo, to maximize the utility or morality of government, its size should be exactly zero.
But then, most people don’t understand calculus.