Nov 16, 2007

Leonard Read on the proper role of government

I would have government defend the life and property of all citizens equally; protect all willing exchange; suppress and penalize all fraud, all misrepresentation, all violence, all predatory practices; invoke a common justice under law; and keep the records incidental to these functions. Even this is a bigger assignment than governments, generally, have proven capable of. Let governments do these things and do them well. Leave all else to men in free and creative effort.

~ Leonard E. Read, “Notes from FEE," Oc­tober 1, 1954

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