He Said That? 4/13/17

It’s that time of year again. From H.L. Mencken (1880–1956), American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English,  A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949):

The intelligent man, when he pays taxes, certainly does not believe that he is making a prudent and productive investment of his money; on the contrary, he feels that he is being mulcted in an excessive amount for services that, in the main, are useless to him, and that, in substantial part, are downright inimical to him.

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2 responses to “He Said That? 4/13/17

  1. A co-worker friend of mine (intelligent person) asked if I was planning to vote in the local city council election. I told him I planned to obtain a ballot and turn it in with no votes cast. He asked why I wouldn’t cast a vote and I replied it was because they all just wanted to spend my money. He suggested that maybe some of them wanted to spend it wisely.
    I told him it didn’t matter how they spent it because they would take it from me by force to begin with and I just couldn’t be a party to the theft of my hard earned dollars. He didn’t understand. And that’s why were screwed. Most people still think government is benevolent.

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  2. “Imagine buying cars the way we buy governments. Ten thousand people would get together and agree to vote, each for the car he preferred. Whichever car won, each of the ten thousand would have to buy it. It would not pay any of us to make any serious effort to find out which car was best; whatever I decide, my car is being picked for me by the other members of the group. Under such institutions, the quality of cars would quickly decline.

    That is how I must buy products on the political marketplace. I not only cannot compare the alternative products, it would not be worth my while to do so even if I could. This may have something to do with the quality of the goods sold on that market. Caveat emptor.”

    — David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom

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