. I believe this even though I also believe a not inconsiderable share of my tax dollars are essentially being set on fire by our frighteningly incompetent government. Leviathan is here to stay, whether I like it or not, and someone has to pay for it. That someone should be me, and people like me.
Don’t waste a moment’s thought on the ridiculous subect of the article – it’s just another helping of ridiculous Slate click-bait. Do, however, consider the observation about Leviathan – it is a favorite mantra among statists of every persuasion.
The state is here – somebody has to pay for it. This is the operating principle behind statism itself: Build it, and they will have to pay for it.
Except we aren’t paying for it, because we can’t. Instead, we are pretending to pay for it by borrowing future worthless dollars (yes, by the time debt payoff day arrives, the dollar will be a worthless currency) and nominally bankrupting our future generations to pay for our state today.
Except those generations won’t be bankrupt. The state we built will be bankrupt far sooner. This is the fallacy at the heart of the “build it and they must pay for it” strategem: “Must” implies there are no other alternatives. But of course there are, and bankruptcy is the most inevitable of them. What can’t go on, won’t. Even the most dedicated statists have never found a way around that one.