July 2014 Newsletter
What is Independence?
Is there is something very wrong with the modern form of government? We believe so. Demonstrating this is government's inability to prevent wars, take effective steps in reducing unemployment, maintaining a stable currency, protecting individual liberties, or providing equal justice for all. In fact, there is hardly any area in which government succeeds, except in its own expansion. That is not how it is supposed to go. Government is supposed to serve the people, not the other way round.
How could things go so far wrong? There is an inherent weakness of democracy in that people tend to vote for their own benefit, rather than for the greatest good. Politicians act in their own interest and not for the greatest good. So we enter a downward spiral.
Modern government consists of three main branches: legislative (law-making), judicial (law-interpreting) and executive (law-enforcing). What's wrong with this system is that we have too many laws.
Laws are basically rules that tell you what to do and what not to do. They are rules that limit your independence. A preponderance of laws, far too many unnecessary laws limit freedom, and that is exactly what has gone wrong. The sad truth is that too many regulations limits prosperity.
In the days of Moses there were just ten laws, instead of the thousands we have today, and the people had trouble obeying even them!
Why this over-concentration on laws? It must be that the purpose of government is not to serve the people, but to control them. And so it is. This is sad, but true. That's not to say that all politicians are crooked, but that well-meaning politicians will have a hard time protecting our freedoms, because the system is rigged against them
For a society to function properly, some ground rules are of course necessary, but the vast majority of people are basically decent folks who will do the right thing if encouraged to do so. And the society will continue to function well if the few anti-social and criminal persons get locked up. In a well organized country the percentage should be relatively small.
How to fix this faulty system? In America we have a federal government, a state government in each of the fifty states, as well as county and city governments. Instead of having all these governments trying to have us all march to the same tune, it would be a good idea if the federal government just concerned itself with having good relations with the rest of the world and that the 50 states "play nice together."
That is, to settle disputes between the states and to ensure that people can travel freely from state to state, and that each state obeys the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Within these constraints, each state should be free to make its own rules, which, in turn, should deal mainly with how to interact with the federal government and with its county governments. There should be no duplication of function between the various levels of government. Just think how much that would save the taxpayer!
Only the lowest level of government should deal directly with the individuals in its area. That way, if people don't like the officials who represent them, they can replace them quite easily. What are the chances of replacing the current broken system with a new, more effective one? Not great, but then, the pen is mightier than the sword and if enough people start thinking in the right direction, the world can become a better place.
(Note: Peter wrote the Newsletter this month.)
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