On the nature of government, few in history have really hit the nail on the head better than the late, great Austrian, Ludwig von Mises:
The government says to the citizen, Pay taxes or my armed constables will imprison you.
A state or a government is an apparatus of coercion and compulsion. Within the territory that it controls, it prevents all agencies, except those that it expressly authorizes to do so, from resorting to violent action.
A government has the power to enforce its commands by beating people into submission or by threatening them with such action. An institution that lacks this power is never called a government.
Latest posts by Michael Boldin (see all)
- Idiotic comment of the week, with accusations of racism, of course. - October 17, 2014
- The Bill of Rights Has a Preamble: Even if the Senate and the Heritage Foundation Omit It - October 17, 2014
- To combat Ebola, Obama plans Unconstitutional use of National Guard - October 16, 2014