by Walter E. Block
It is all the government’s fault. It is always the government’s fault. Pretty much every bad thing is the government’s fault.
The government mulcts almost half of the GDP if we count federal, state, county, and city taxes and fees. A significant proportion of these funds is then spent on further impoverishing the masses of our people with regulations, permits, licenses, compulsions, prohibitions and other requirements. As a result, our lives are much more miserable than otherwise would be the case.
For example, dread diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s might already have been solved if our wealth were a multiple of what it is now. Is there any guarantee that these maladies would have been banished from the human experience under such circumstances?