Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Year's Post

"The best government is one that governs the least" (Thoreau) is a principle that most people realize sooner or later rendering their respective governments useless. Kings have known this for a long time and hence expansion of borders and extolling the rulers glory was the main task of government. Governments have realized that they can increase their powers when there is a real or perceived threat to the existence of the nation. This leads them to create issues where none exist like "War on Poverty" and "War on Drugs" (well the former is a noble pursuit). In modern times, this realization dawned upon the new ruling class with the War Commissions, and propaganda/fear as the means of continuation of power. Thus began futile endeavors like the Cold War, Vietnam, drugs, rock, porn, terrorists and as we moved into the new millennium they became downright ridiculous from Afghanistan to Iraq and now capitalism.

A new decade ushers in new possibilities and the next restrictions on our freedom...

Disclaimer: Nonsense going on in my head. Not to be taken seriously. I am not taking any responsibility for these thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. A very thought-provoking post...though I think that a good government which governs the least simply means not micro-managing...
    But yes, instilling fear and keeping a nation on its toes is definitely a smokescreen...
    I think this is one of your best posts..