.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The State and the Flood

Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr.:
"This crisis ought to underscore a point made on these pages again and again. Being a government official gives you no special insight into how to best manage a crisis. Indeed the public sector, with all its guns and mandates and arrogance, cannot and will not protect us from life's contingencies. It used to be said that infrastructure was too important to be left to the uncertainties of markets. But if it's certainty that we are after, there is a new certainty that has emerged in American life: in a crisis, the government will make matters worse and worse until it wrecks your life and all that makes it worth living."

Comments:
When I read "But if it's certainty that we are after, there is a new certainty that has emerged in American life: in a crisis, the government will make matters worse and worse until it wrecks your life and all that makes it worth living", I thought of these two things:


The governments job, as viewed by libertarians, is to protect personal property. Primarary your own self being of the highest importance. The libertarian view of this disaster, is that the government did not fail in its job. It was a nature disaster. I think that a libertarian would consider this an "act of God" and be "glad" that government left it be. The governments role is not to interfer, unless to protect from the harm of your personal property by another. An "act of God" is not harm by another person. Nature is not something the government has control or, and in their view, its something they shouldn't even try to control.

Now from an effiency stand point government is there to allocate resources effiecently in order to gain effiency. My view on this would be that, yes, the government failed. The lives of all those people now lost were a resource they should have considered. They will now have to allocate resources to helping those who are alive. This probably is not an effiencent use of resources, but it will be done anyway. It will probably be done, in my view, to make up for the fact that they didn't act.
 
Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link



<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?