Beware of the government 2

Almost everyone is superstitious to some degree, even the most rational among us.

John Stossel, that consistently rational, commonsensical, free-marketeer and libertarian, who also has the virtue of expressing his ideas clearly, writes:

We human beings sure are gullible. Polls report that 27 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, and 25 percent in astrology. Others believe mediums, fortunetellers, faith healers and assorted magical phenomena. …

Whether you believe in God — or psychics, or global warming — that’s your business. …

Well, a belief in psychics will probably only harm the believer; but believers in God or global warming are dangerous to us all.

And so is belief in government, as Stossel points out:

Being gullible about government hurts everyone. Government is force. When it sells us bunk, we have to pay even if we don’t believe in or want it. If we don’t pay up, men with guns will make sure we do.

It’s good to be skeptical. It’s really good to be skeptical about government.

Posted under Commentary, government, Religion general, Superstition by Jillian Becker on Thursday, December 16, 2010

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  • Troy

    Any adult who believes in supernatural authority frightens me. If they are in positions of power over me they terrify me. History clearly demonstrates why my fears are justified. Stossel will be vilified for his comments. I applaud his courage.

  • Ralph

    Governments should be created to serve the people. People are not created to serve governments. I’m skeptical of anyone who doubts those two simply concepts.