"You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad - in fact, to do anything it wants."
Harry Browne
(1933-2006) American libertarian writer, politician, and free-market investment analyst. Libertarian candidate for US President 1996 & 2000
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Exactly right.
 -- jim k, Austin     
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    I like it a lot. Even when taking administrations out of what is perceived as normal government and placing them into a body politic of servants with an extremely limited list of what that group of administrators can do, the whole scope of good and bad escalates into an unrecognizable ahh - mmm - i dunno ?
     -- Mike, NORWALK     
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    The primary task is keeping the government from doing anything it wants -- the laws are not enough, they break them as a matter of practice. It is pretty clear to me that US government powers-that-be are vastly unchecked; it's all about money now, no one speaks of liberty. Harry Browne is stating the current condition of affairs, not just a warning for the future. How the hell do we roll back all these taxing powers that are funding our own servitude? Do Blue Lives Matter so much that 2/3 of all government personnel are some form of 'law enforcement'? It's called a police state!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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