Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What we need is smaller government

From Pete Reynolds at McSweeney's:
On a stage in a great auditorium stood four be-suited men, each vying for the hearts and votes of the people surrounding them. 

And the people, they were angry. 

“Government is too big,” they shouted. “We must make it smaller!”

And so the first man spoke up with great confidence. “I am the leader that you seek, for I am philosophically opposed to big government.  I believe that government should do only that which the people cannot do for themselves. And, frankly, even that seems like a stretch.”

And the people nodded and murmured with approval, for that was exactly the type of philosophical bent they were seeking in a leader.

Check out the rest of it here. It's short, but not quite short enough that I feel I can copy the whole thing, without permission.


Anonymous said...

Ah, but you can safely reprint the whole thing without permission according to the decision in the Righthaven case last year. Check out:
* http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/nevada/nvdce/2:2011cv00050/78697/28/
* http://www.righthavenlawsuits.com/articles.html
* http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/06/stephens/

WCG said...

Really? Hmm,... well, I'm not entirely sure I should take legal advice from an anonymous internet comment. :)

Besides, I was talking more about the ethics of it, rather than my legal liability. I doubt if McSweeney's would be too threatened by me.

Anonymous said...

You wouldn't be taking legal advice from an anonymous internet comment-- you would be taking it from the well-known, authoritative sites I posted. :-)

Chimeradave said...

That was a funny piece!