“But without government, how would people know what is good for the public?”
The FDA finally acknowledged that Pop-Tarts are not a health food. It took this federal institution 22 years to update its bad information (which was overwhelmingly supported by state funded scientists) and catch up to the market research that showcased for years that the FDA was wrong all along. Examples like these are abundant and they seem to follow a similar path: politicians create alarm in order to establish more government agency and since priests and pastors are no longer in vogue for building up hysteria or doomsday scenarios, they pad the pockets of academics and scientists who have worked for state institutions, often exclusively, to do what the religious panderers did years ago. Why should anyone today be expected to assume that another bureaucratic edict supported by elite politicians and a consensus of state funded scientists be treated like scripture?
I’ve read the hysterical claims of, “I guess if you no longer want clean water, end the EPA,” and, “I like my food not being poisoned. Thanks, FDA!” For every imagined prevention the EPA gets credit for, there is an actual Flint water crisis or Animas River toxic spill. Blue Bell Ice Cream’s prolonged listeria recall happened despite FDA rules and regulations. Regardless of the reason why this failure and corruption happens, if by fault of either Republicans or Democrats, the end is the same: the rules and regulations, and ultimately the outcome, are always political and easily corruptible.
Continuing to believe the final authority should rest in the hands of elite political appointees thousands of miles away should alarm anyone who genuinely cares about the health and safety of the public they claim to be a part of merely feet, yards or miles away. Whether dealing with education, food or environmental concerns, it makes more sense to locally manage “public well-being” given the proximity of the issue to the people who should be most actively involved in their own well-being. Why are there some who want to continue to delegate that responsibility to people who are further away and harder to hold accountable? (This reminds me of people who think the UN is useful to any degree. The US government is almost completely unaccountable for its actions, and yet there are people who want an additional, even more unaccountable government entity to have some say in not only their own lives but in the lives of others.)
The bottom line is this: those who are overly attached to their favorite 3 and 4-letter government agencies don’t have the intellectual honesty to admit that they have neither the fortitude nor dedication to take their own time and money to invest in the services they think society needs; instead, they would rather money be taken from everyone regardless of consent and given to corrupt politicians and bureaucrats to pay for and manage these services.
It’s foolish to think delegating rights and responsibilities to someone else is legitimate and somehow more important than actively protecting them yourself, and it’s immoral to force people to give up money by compulsion for what is subjectively deemed necessary. This is what separates a conservative from a progressive and even a libertarian from a conservative.
It should be understood that the government was created by people, and in America, the people created individual governments and sovereign nations we call states. These states created a federal government. The federal government did not create New York. It was New York that helped create it. Individual state governments and regions of state governments should have and must pursue the ability to actively disassociate from federal bureaucracies and form their own associations and coalitions. Abolishing, nullifying and seceding from federal control is vital to genuine progress and prosperity.