Many believe greater political participation is the path to both prosperity and virtue. But they’re wrong. Increasing the sphere of politics instead leads to bad policy and increased vice.
So this is an excellent essay by Aaron Ross Powell from the Cato Institute. He couldn’t be more correct. Our nation–indeed, the world–is awash in political BS. So much so, that people in general and politicians in particular can’t even seem to see straight anymore. Everything has to have a political dimension? Why in the hell? And shouldn’t politics be about more than which team wins, whatever the cost?
My favorite part is the final sentence:
The only way to better both our world and ourselves—to promote good policies and virtue—is to abandon, to the greatest extent possible, politics itself.
By extension, then, we need less and not more government since politics is government’s stock-in-trade…