If you were an employer, and your employee was inefficient, incompetent, irresponsible and arrogant, you would fire him. There are other people who can do the job. If you were an employee, and the work was demeaning, the boss irascible, the pay miserly, you would quit. There are other jobs in other companies. If you were a customer, and the product was faulty, expensive, unreliable and badly designed, you would take your business elsewhere. There are other suppliers of goods and services. If you were in a partnership, and your partner was insulting, domineering, lazy and greedy, you would dissolve the partnership. We can associate with others. We all have the freedom to do the best we can and deserve our just deserts. But all bets are off when it comes to the government.
When you are dealing with the government, you have little or no choice. The government is inefficient, incompetent, wasteful, arrogant, demanding, and demeaning. Its products and services are faulty, expensive, ill-designed, and unreliable. It is greedy, wasteful, irrational and unintelligent. It occupies a monopoly position in nearly everything it deals with. The ordinary person does not have the freedom to walk away. Therefore for the ordinary citizen there is no escape from the government’s predation, plunder and the destruction of general welfare. It is mean, petty, nasty and evil to a degree that no private person or corporation is capable of or even inclined to be. The government plunders with impunity because it holds the monopoly on the use of violence against the citizens and the citizens are not free to leave.
The government is mean, petty, nasty and evil to a degree that no private person or corporation is capable of or even inclined to be.
The most dire indictment of governments is that they are the primary cause of the poverty of poor nations.
The empirical evidence makes that conclusion absolutely inescapable. Large governments — those that control large parts of the economy, the civil society, and interferes in the domestic and social affairs of citizens — are invariably implicated in the poverty of nations. China and India are classic examples of government-induced poverty.
India has suffered the consequences of foreign invasions, and colonial rule. Although the period of foreign predation (I repeat the word because its meaning of an organism feeding on others is so apt in this context) ended in 1947, that year marked the formal beginning of domestic predation. The predation of Indians by the Indian governments for the benefit of politicians, bureaucrats and their minions started with Nehru and continues unbroken to this day.