Why Government Grows

Why has government gotten so big? This bears repeating. A certain small percentage of the population is born with an insatiable thirst for power. Although no one recognizes it for what it is, these people become identifiable at an early age. In a preschool class, one or two children can be seen bossing the others and assuming a right to decide who plays games and how the games are played. Children such as these grow up to be the adults who run for office.
In the old days when power was a birthright none of this made much difference. With the appearance of democracy, a platform was provided where these kinds of folks can compete for power. The thirst for power as a motivating source is equal in force to the profit motive.
So, how do the power thirsty compete for power? They gain favor by having government do things for the people who get them elected. They convince people that government can take a weight off of their backs by doing for them what they would otherwise have to do for themselves.
Government now performs so many functions that you might say that government is now doing all that it is possible for government do. But, the competition for power continues. Now politicians must promise to have government do thing that government cannot do. Where the economy is concerned, this makes for a very inefficient allocation of resources.
The problem here is that Americans are oblivious to this process. Americans falsely believe that candidates for office identify with their needs and will take office and try to help them. Candidates actually can be of service to constituents but that is an incidental outcome. Gaining power and managing the affairs of others is a genetic compulsion in those who are born with a thirst for power. Elected officials do whatever contributes to their keeping and gaining power which means more government. Other motivations are secondary.

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James Quillian independent scholar,free market economist,and teacher of natural law. Who is James Quillian? Certainly I am nobody special, Just a tireless academic and deep thinker. Besides that, I have broken the code with respect to economics and political science. Credentials? Nothing you would be impressed with. I am not a household name. It is hard to become famous writing that virtually no one in the country is genuinely not in touch with reality. But, if I did not do that, there would be no point in my broking the broken the code. If you read the blog, it is easy to see that there are just a few charts, no math and no quantitative analysis. That is not by accident. Given what I know, those items are completely useless. I do turn out to be highly adept at applying natural law. Natural law has predominance over any principles the social science comes up. By virtue of understanding natural law, I can debunk, in just a few sentences , any theory that calls for intervention by a government. My taking the time to understand the ins and outs of Keynes General Theory is about like expecting a chemistry student to completely grasp all that the alchemists of the middle ages thought they understood in efforts to turn base metals into goal. Keynesian theory clearly calls for complete objectivity. Government can only make political decisions. Keynesian techniques call for economic decisions. So, why go any further with that? Fantasy Free Economics is in a sense a lot like technical analysis. Technical analysis began with the premise that it was impossible to gain enough information studying fundamentals to gain a trading advantage. Study the behavior of investors instead. Unlike technical analysis, I don't use technical charts. What I understand are the incentives of different people and entities active in the economics arena. For example, there is no such thing as an incentive to serve with life in the aggregate. In the aggregate, only self interest applies. It is routinely assumed otherwise. That is highly unappealing. But, I am sorry. That is the way it is. I can accept that because I am genuinely in touch with reality. Step one in using Fantasy Free Economics is for me to understand just how little I really know. A highly credentialed economist may know 100 times what I do based on the standard dogma. Compare the knowledge each of us has compared to all there is to know and we both look like we know nothing at all. There is always more than we don't know than what we do know. I am humble enough to present myself on that basis. Why? That is the way it is. I am not bad at math. I have taught math. What I understand is when to use it and when to rely on something else. Math is useless in natural law so I don't use it. While others look at numbers, I am busy understanding the forces in nature that makes their numbers what they are. That gives me a clear advantage.
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