Another break from The Thesis. . .
I found this piece by Doctor Zero, "The First Sign of Corruption," to be strangely warming. As an American living in Europe and watching his country from abroad, I am becoming more and more libertarian in my political views. This may or may not be a good thing. Stay tuned.
The mythic ideal of Cincinnatus, the selfless citizen-legislator who reluctantly leaves his farm to serve the Republic, is incompatible with the combination of endless incumbency and gigantic amounts of government power. We are foolish to place our trust in a system that requires an impossible level of virtue from politicians to function as designed. A limited government can better protect the economic health of its citizens by policing corruption from the private sector, under the direction of term-limited representatives who will never become worth the risk of buying off. The larger government becomes, the more its arrogant ruling class believe themselves worthy of royal treatment… and the more justified they feel about lying to the public for their own good. That is why the climate change elite gathered in Copenhagen this week is outraged that anyone would dare question their right to save a foolish world from itself, by lying through its teeth in a bid to seize power.
Constitutionally mandated term limits, anyone? Anyone?