Once again, ThreeSources provides the unexpected. Well, Arnold Kling provides it. And Volkh links. To which Instapundit links...
Yet if I understand the spirit of Kibbutz correctly, I have every right to reproduce Kling's "If a Libertarian Gave a Sermon for Passover."
As we approach Passover in 2010, many people are unemployed. But in a free society, government does not create jobs.
Pharoah created jobs for us. Moses led us away from those jobs. Even though those jobs helped to complete public infrastructure. Even though they were green jobs, where we used our muscles and our backs instead of fossil fuels.
Moses could have been part of the ruling class in Egypt. He chose freedom instead. Those of us who followed Moses also chose freedom. Freedom brings risks. But we preferred the risks of freedom to the security of bondage.
Do not confuse government with G-d. Government cannot miraculously provide us with manna--or health care. When we look at government, we should not see G-d. We should see Pharoah. Government-worship is Pharoah-worship.
Passover is known as the festival of freedom. To live in the Jerusalem of a free society, we have to leave the Egypt of the reach of government.
Amen and happy Passover/Easter/Equinox/Whatever.
This is an awesome answer to my Facebook friends' goofy paean to government.
Posted by John Kranz at March 29, 2010 2:10 PM
Please also mention to your goofy Facebook friends this other important distinction between government and G-d:
Respecting the commandments of G-d the thinking man is free to decide "G-d doesn't exist, therefore I reject whatever commandments I find baseless." How many men, thinking or otherwise, get away with that approach to baseless government commandments?