By Nathan Barton
(Note: This, in a shorter version, was originally a response to a comment to my commentary “The Art of the Deal – January 2018.”)
What are the priorities of government? Of government agencies? Of government employees? Of politicians in power in government?
The standard civics class speaks glowingly of “public service” and “serving and protecting” and such nonsense. Some analysts will talk of “enlightened self-interest” and people will talk about defending life and property. It’s babble. (And there is frequently VERY little “enlightened” about the self-interest that states and rulers display.)
Government is, first and foremost, a parasite. The priorities of parasites have little if any relation to the priorities of the host.
Usually, the priority of government (and government employees including politicians) goes something like this:
1. Maximize their agency/government control of people and business.
2. Maximize the employment/income security of the government employees.
3. Maximize their revenues (taxes, fees, grants from other governments, etc.). Continue reading