Too often we in the liberty movement are quick to blame government for all of societal ills. But is this true? To find out we must first come to agreement on what government really is.
Let us think of government as an apparatus of force. Like a club wielded by those who have the most influence or control. If government is a club then it is neither good nor bad. Only people can be good or evil. Like the old adage guns don't kill people, people kill people. When we attack the government as the root of the problem we are misapplying blame. We should focus on the who and why when blaming the government.
Corporate influence within the government is probably the leading cause of problems within our republican government. Corporations seek to limit competition by regulation and gain access to the public coffers with contracts. The recent wave of bailouts is a clear example of corporate favoritism and control of government. The private federal reserve gets to pick and choose which of its members stay in business and which fail. In many cases the government regulators are often former workers of the businesses they are now supposed to regulate. This corruption leaves the average citizen feeling apathetic and distrustful of government.
Unions, and specifically public unions, also are instrumental in using the government club to their benefit. All across the country and indeed the western world, public unions have lobbied successfully to give themselves lavish benefits and golden pensions. The results have been higher taxes and resentment of public employees. This abuse of government has come to the forefront during this long recession but have yet to be addressed in any significant way.
The future of our movement depends on us communicating our ideas of limited government in a clear way to both liberals and conservatives. We need to cater our message to our audience. There are people on the left who fear corporate control and people on the right who dislike union influence. We should be able to convince both sides that our ideas are best.