October 27, 2011

"The nucleus of society"

Paul Ryan on Elizabeth Warren:

...Asked by moderator Ed Feulner about Warren's comments, Ryan responded.

"Money and wealth made and created in America is the government's unless they benevolently spend it back to people. It's the other way around," Ryan said. "No one is suggesting that we don't need good schools and roads and infrastructure as a basis for a free society and a free enterprise system. But the notion that the nucleus of society is the government and not the individual, the family, the entrepreneur, is to me just completely, inherently backwards."
Posted by John Weidner at October 27, 2011 8:51 PM

That's one of my pet peeves as well, that when people write "society should ..." what they mean is "government, by coercion, should ...". The idea that the State and society are not equivalent seems incomprehensible to them.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at October 27, 2011 10:35 PM
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