The Big Government Paradox

It’s all about control

One of the most ironic – and dangerous – paradoxes of modern politics relates to big government.

Big government is all around us. Our politicians continue to take more of our money, enriching themselves and their fellow elites. Rules and regulations add up, slowly but surely grinding away our freedom to make our own choices.

Big government comes wrapped up in many different packages, but regardless of how they try to sell it publicly, big government is really about a lack of trust.

The truth is that those in power don’t trust the people to make their own decisions.

That’s why they seek more and more control.

In their minds, the more taxes they take and rules they impose, the better everything will be.

But here’s where the paradox comes in.

If those in power don’t trust the people, how can they trust themselves?

Think about it: Those who support big government simultaneously think that people can’t be trusted to manage their own lives, and yet also think a few select people at the top can be trusted to run an entire country.

Both things cannot be true.

If it’s true that the people cannot be trusted, then it’s true that those in power cannot be trusted, which negates the argument for big government.

If it’s true that the people can be trusted, then there is no need for a small group at the top to control everyone’s lives, which also negates the argument for big government.

Either way, the idea that we can trust massive authority in the hands of a small ruling elite breaks down.

Of course, the elites try to get around the paradox by exactly what their name implies: Elitism. They argue that those who know the right people and went to the right universities are somehow magically able to be trusted to run everything. But given their record of failure, almost nobody believes that anymore.

This reveals a fundamental truth: At its core, the ideology of big government is based on nothing more than a desire to control other people. Since that’s not acceptable to say, people cover it up with fancy talking points and endless empty justifications.

Thankfully, people are seeing past the empty rhetoric. When we really think about it, we can see how big government cannot exist without stripping away people’s freedom, both personal and economic.

Consider two examples that are very relevant today:

  • FREE SPEECH: Silencing free speech puts the power of mass communication exclusively in the hands of politicians and their supplicant media.
  • FINANCIAL FREEDOM: Increasing taxes reduces the economic independence of individuals, families, and local communities, while giving more power to the politicians and their supplicant high-level bureaucrats.

In both cases, the people lose, and the politicians win.

Is it any wonder that the Trudeau government is pushing to erode free speech and introducing a massive new carbon tax at the same time?

That’s not a coincidence. It is part of a deliberate plan to reduce your freedom and independence all to expand centralized political power – controlled by a small elite at the top. That small elite just so happens to always include those already in power. What a coincidence…

The fundamental weakness of big government

Despite its perceived power, big government has one serious weakness: As noted above, it is based on a paradox. It cannot withstand logical scrutiny. The more it is held to account, the more its advocates are forced to explain its contradictions, the more it gets exposed as the naked power grab that it is.

That is what most be done to defeat big government. It must be confronted for the dangerous and flawed idea that it is. Its false justifications must be washed away, and it must be fully exposed.

Only when the paradox and desire for control behind big government is brought to light will we truly be able to return our government to the people it’s supposed to serve.

Spencer Fernando

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