Petty Tyrants

by Monty Pelerin
Monty Pelerin’s World

Petty tyrants are everywhere. Inside all of us is a “tyrant gene” that wants to take charge. Few do not believe we could not improve things if we were in charge.

Our society is based on liberty. Individuals have choice over their actions so long as they do not infringe upon others. The infringement possibility produces a need for “referees” or policemen (although extreme libertarians do not easily admit to this need or that it need be as powerful as it currently is). Regardless, the existence of a level of referees, policing authority and rule-makers with special power provide them with more “rights” that the rest of us.

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