What separates government from the rest of society isn’t its size, its
disregard for profit, its foresight, or its scope.
The distinctive feature of government is coercion — the use of force and the
threat of force to win obedience. This is how government differs from every
other agency in society. The others persuade; government compels.
When someone demands that government help flood victims, he is saying he
wants to force people to pay for flood relief. Otherwise, he’d be happy to have
the Red Cross and its supporters handle everything.
When someone wants government to limit the price of a product, he is
asking to use force to prevent people from paying more for something they want.
Otherwise, he would simply urge people not to patronize those he thinks are
charging too much.
When Congress passes a bill mandating “family leave,” it forces every
company to provide time off for family problems — even if its employees want
the employer to use payroll money for some other benefit. Otherwise, employers
and employees would be free to decide what works best in each situation.
Nothing involving government is voluntary — as it would be when a private
company does something. One way or another, there is compulsion in every
· The government forces someone to pay for something;
· The government forces someone to do something; or
· The government forcibly prevents someone from doing something.
There is no other reason to involve government.
And by “force” I mean the real thing — the kind that hurts people.
Originally posted by Germann
reply to post by Tindalos2013
Ill have to order it !! Sounds intriguing & thanks Cody