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November 13, 2008

Thought Experiment On Government

-- by Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Speak Out California.

Try this: Every time you read the word "government" substitute the appropriate variation of the term "We, the People" or "democracy" and then see how you feel about what is being written. Use the same substitution for the term "the state."

This is especially fun when reading anything written by a conservative or a right winger.

Ronald Reagan's famous phrase, "Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem" takes on a whole new meaning, doesn't it? He was saying that "democracy is the problem" -- and here we are 25 years later seemingly living under corporate rule instead of democracy. How has that turned out?

When conservatives complain about government or "the state" they are complaining about control of decision-making by the people rather than by a few. Never forget that.

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 13, 2008 10:23 AM


I remember reading your argument months, perhaps years ago when you first posted it. I have often quoted it to others, it is short and memorable, and has a great impact. I quote it to liberals and it gives them a better understanding of their opponents. I quote it to conservatives, even as they make their "Government IS the problem" argument, and some of them have a moment of recognition of what they are really saying, and become embarrassed at their unconscious elitism.
Thanks again for this powerful argument.

Posted by: Charles [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 13, 2008 11:47 AM

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