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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Government vs. Freedom?

I wrote the folloeing in the comments section to this post by Matt Welch:

Everybody here who can not see how the Democrats could ever be moved in a libertarian direction is clinging to a traditional (right) libertarian assumption that is emperically untrue. Braodly speaking, the libertarian project in America has been about aiming toward three over-arching goals:

1. Greater economic freedom
2. Greater social freedom
3. Less government

How is it going? In my lifetime:

1. Economic freedom has increased dramaticly. Lots of deregulation, no more wage & price controls, much greater free trade.
2. Social freedom has increased dramaticly. Women and minorities make gradual gains every year, there is more sex in every media each year, and gays can marry in one state.
3. The government has increased dramaticly, both in real terms and as a percentage of the national economy.

I have seen optomistic libetarians point to the first two accomplishments and predict the eventual whithering away of the government. And I have seen pessimistic libertarians point to the last "failure" and predict we will soon be living in a totalitarian theocracy.

Now, I do not necessarily believe that bigger government caused the gains in freedoms, but the emperical evidence proves one fact beyond a doubt: Big government is not necessarily incompatible with freedom.

And I would definately argue that some forms of big government could certainly cuase greater freedom. Matt can lecture the rest of you about how national health insurance can promote freedom. I argue that a basic income would promote freedom when compared to the current Nanny Welfare State. Heck, the highway system, people? Don't you like being able to drive to anyplace you want?

Are some government programs EVIL? Of course. (Poster child - The Drug War) Can some goverment programs be administered in a more pro-freedom fashion? Again, yes. (My basic income vs. welfare state example) But a vision of libertarianism that recognizes that government is not always the emeny - and can even, on occasion, be an ally - is a vision of libertarianism that can gain power in the Democratic Party.

I like to leave a little “wisdom” to jolt your into thinking about goals you may have set over the past few years, months and days, after a good blog read.

Not earth shattering by any means, and you have read this before, but have you
actually practiced it lately?

You know – gnitteS laoG

Jot down a few new ones today or visit a few old ones that would make you a better person, better business person or a better provider.

I dare you!

Today’s tidbit…

There is a difference in setting your goals and setting them effectively. Anyone can set a goal, but doing it effectively means that it will actually get done.

There are so many things that you can do to better your life, but if you don't know how to go about it you are stuck.

The following guidelines will help you to set effective goals and help you manage your time in an efficient manner that will cause those goals to become reality.

State each goal as a positive statement

Express your goals in a positive way. That is a key component to setting goals that you can attain.

How often have you been excited to accomplish a goal that didn't even sound good when you brought it up? If you are not comfortable or happy with the goals that you have set, the likelihood of you succeeding is pretty low.

If you want to express your goals in a positive way, you simply have to first think of a goal that puts a smile on your face when you imagine it completed. Why would you want to set a goal that made you frown, cringe or cry?

When you are beginning to set your goals it helps when you are talking about them to others in a manner that states your actions as positives because it will have others seeing it as a positive as well.

That will garner you a great deal more support. In the end, don't we all need a little support when we are trying to do something positive in our lives?

Be precise

Set a precise goal that includes starting dates, times and amounts so that you can properly measure your achievement.

If you do this, you will know exactly when you have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it.

Being precise in setting your goals is no more than setting them with exact details. It is easier this way because then you can follow a step-by-step format. That's all there is to it.

Set priorities

When you have several goals, give each a specific priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones and follow each in succession. Setting priorities will force you into the step-by-step format above.

By doing the most important first and moving to the least important in succession, you are enabling each task to be easier than the last. It causes the accomplishment of each task to get easier and easier which will encourage you to complete your goal.

There’s a few more “tidbits” for you at my life goals

Enjoy your day – And have a GREAT one!
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