The Direction of American Government

Here is where politics and jurisprudence are going:

  1. Freedom for individuals is expanding.
  2. Freedom for groups and associations is contracting.
  3. If you are an individual who seeks to live out certain views through a group, that freedom will be curtailed.
  4. There is an interesting effect of this general movement. Groups and associations will be marginalized, while individuals will be free, but isolated before the state.

This general trend does not present a good formula for the long term prospects of freedom and limited government.  Government will mean more and more.  Voluntary organizations will mean less and less.  Individuals will be increasingly trained to look to government rather than to neighbors, volunteer groups, churches, non-profits, etc.

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6 thoughts on “The Direction of American Government

  1. Do you really believe that the freedom of association across the board is being restricted, or perhaps, is it possible that it’s certain circles are?

  2. Freedom of association that doesn’t fit a particular vision. Boy Scouts of America. Salvation Army. Christian colleges. Those are all in the crosshairs. And it isn’t so much some kind of heavy handed ban as it would be marginalization formally and informally.

  3. I absolutely agree with that assessment, Hunter. An actual ban would cause uproar and resistance, but the marginalisation is subtle and by the time most realise what is going on things will be changed significantly. What is the quote? “This is the way the world ends… Not with a bang but a whimper.”—-T.S. Eliot

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