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by Neville Kennard, contributing editor

Governments love to interfere and get involved in people’s lives. They find ways to make themselves “needed”. Governments regulate and seek to control to bring about an end they deem to be desirable, or at least politically and electorally popular. Promises of hand-outs, regulations, subsidies, Commissions, and Authorities, buy votes. They use other people’s money to favour their chosen groups and constituents.

They never work, these Commissions, Authorities, subsidies and regulations. The Unintended Consequences outweigh and negate any benefits that the intervention may bring. But the Commissions, Authorities, new government departments, armies of bureaucrats, even though they never succeed in accomplishing their goals, never go away. They fail, but they don’t disappear. In fact, failure is very important to a government program. If a government program succeeded in its goal, if it achieved its end, it could be dissolved because it had “succeeded”. But then all these bureaucrats and officials would be out of a job! So it is important that all government programs fail. The failure gets blamed on “insufficient funding”, “inadequate resources”, “lack of power and authority”. And thus more funding, a bigger budget, some new regulations are sought; the bureau or department can thus grow, employ more bureaucrats, become more important and, of course, get higher salaries.

Thus, you see, it is important that Government Does Not Work. Government will never work. Government must fail. Then it will grow and prosper, at the expense of course of everyone else. Government will grow, taxes will increase, the private sector will shrink under the burden, “Market Failure” will get the blame and the system will grind itself into stagnation.

But isn’t it good to know that we are in the hands of a popularly elected government — Of the People, By the People, For the People?

Or is it really “Government of the People, By the Government, For the Government”?

But the vast majority still believe in the need and the efficacy of their government; especially when it is a democratically-elected government; makes people feel like it is “their government”, “our government”, “my government”; that each vote actually counts and it is not really the tyranny of the majority.

(in order of appearance on Economics.org.au)
  1. Welcome from Neville Kennard
  2. Think Tanks Don't Work
  3. "Market Failure": Just what the government ordered!
  4. The Tragedy of the Tax Pool Commons
  5. Corporate Welfare
  6. Citizenship for Sale?
  7. I Don't Vote
  8. Voting: Right or Privilege?
  9. Stockholm Syndrome and our Love-Hate Relationship with Government
  10. Civil Disobedience: The Rules of Engagement
  11. Should Respect for Law Extend to Bad Laws?
  12. Jaywalking as a Demonstration of Individuality
  13. Government Likes War
  14. Collusion is Our Right
  15. Why Not the Drug Olympics?
  16. Unconventional Wisdom
  17. Tiger Farming: An Alternative to Extinction
  18. Looking Backwards: Mont Pelerin Society Conference, Sydney, 2010
  19. Tax Avoidance is a Patriotic Duty
  20. Kennard Writes to IPA Review Editor
  21. Genocide by Welfare: A Tragedy from the Aboriginal Welfare Industry
  22. Separating Sport and State
  23. Your Home is Not an Investment
  24. Dick Smith, Celebrity Philanthropist
  25. A Libertarian's New Year's Resolution
  26. Extend Politicians' Holidays to Create Prosperity
  27. Entrepreneurs are Disruptive, and Bureaucrats Hate It
  28. What is a good Australian?
  29. Governments Like Employment But Hate Employers
  30. The Market Failure Industry
  31. Neville Kennard: The Tax Avoidance Imperative
  32. Wot if ...?
  33. The Tribal Chief and the Witch Doctor
  34. The Tannehills
  35. Democracy versus Property Rights and Prosperity
  36. Government Doesn't Work, and That's the Way They Like It
  37. Minarchy vs Anarchy
  38. Euthanasia and Self-Ownership
  39. The Right Policies to Fix a Depression
  40. Is Howard Our Best PM?
  41. Tax Producers vs Tax Consumers
  42. Where There's a Queue, There's a Business Opportunity
  43. Authoritarian Freedom
  44. Why Classical Liberals Should Debate Anarchocapitalists
  45. The Tyranny of the Majority
  46. If you could choose to whom you paid your tax
  47. Business Should Exploit Boat People
  48. The Immorality of Trade Unions
  49. "America" vs "The United States"
  50. Sweet Anarchy
  51. The Illusion of "Job Creation"
  52. Gold Is Money
  53. Guilty Capitalists
  54. Bureauphobia
  55. Prosperity vs Growth
  56. Capitalism vs Democracy
  57. More people = More fun
  58. Self-Ownership - the very idea!
  59. Government will murder Neville Kennard if he doesn't back away
  60. The Australian Dollar Has Been Cowardly and Criminally Devalued, Harming the Poor Particularly
  61. Is Taxation Theft and Government a Tax Cheat?
  62. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  63. Government Needs Bad Guys –
    that's why they like wars
  64. What Is Obscene?
  65. Traffic Economics
  66. Wayne Swan stands on the shoulders of other intellectual pygmies
  67. Neville Kennard Obituary
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