I’m a Champion of Government – a Limited Government

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August 7, 2012 by Anders Ingemarson

“Are you one of those libertarians who think no government at all would be heaven on earth?”

No, I’m not. On the contrary, I’m a champion of government – but an extremely limited government.

Here’s my government 1, 2, 3:

A government’s one legitimate function is to protect our individual rights from two potential sources of rights violations, foreign enemies and our fellow men at home, using three institutions: the military, the police and the courts.

That’s it. No more, no less.

How do you finance those institutions if you want to separate state and the economy? With voluntary contributions. Just like a truly free nation never has a problem raising volunteers for its defense, no nation limiting its government to the above functions will have a problem funding the necessary institutions. On the contrary, individuals will most likely compete for the honor of contributing. With separation, the government slice of the economy would be miniscule. If I’d have to venture a number, I’d say in the low single digits. After all, the first time in our nation’s history it went over 5% was during the Civil War. And it promptly went back and stayed below until the Progressives had us join World War I.

Obviously, arrangements have to be made that contributions come with no strings attached, but that’s a minor problem. And our government institutions may have to become a little more skilled in marketing, again not a big issue. After all, who wouldn’t want to have his name on a drone in exchange for contributing to its funding? And once the drone had done its job get a bumper sticker saying “My drone killed 50 bad guys”. Awesome!

11 thoughts on “I’m a Champion of Government – a Limited Government

  1. […] of view, they should be separated from the state. Why? Because National Parks are not part of the core government functions required for the protection of our individual rights. And we don’t have the right to force our […]

  2. […] City? Does Brooklyn Bob’s predicament give him a claim check on Will in Wichita? No. The only proper role of government in times of disasters is the same limited role as in normal times: to protect our individual […]

  3. […] The gold standard is a country with total separation of state and the economy and with a government limited to my “Government 1, 2, […]

  4. […] restoring our individual rights. Our time would be better spent on mounting a principled defense of limited government, on championing the moral case for total separation of state and the […]

  5. […] to voluntarily finance the three valid institutions of a limited government is one of the last steps in the process towards full protection of our individual rights. Far more […]

  6. […] I’ve been waiting for senators Lee, Cruz, and Paul, certain U.S. House members, and other alleged limited government champions to offer a positive vision of healthcare reform to go along with their […]

  7. […] When arguing the moral case for separating state and the economy, it’s important to distinguish between Separate What, the areas that should be free from government interference, and Separate Not, the legitimate functions of government. […]

  8. […] of view, they should be separated from the state. Why? Because National Parks are not part of the core government functions required for the protection of our individual rights. And we don’t have the right to force our […]

  9. […] The military is one of the few valid functions of government. Long time readers are familiar with my government 1, 2, 3: […]

  10. […] The gold standard is a country with total separation of state and the economy and with a government limited to my “Government 1, 2, […]

  11. […] relies on a system of limited government instituted to protect our individual rights from being violated by foreign and domestic aggressors. […]

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