Thus, there is no suffering in the nation for which the government has not voluntarily made itself responsible.
Section 8 of 9
“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” is a definition of fascism by Benito Mussolini himself. Frédéric Bastiat had identified half a century earlier what was absurd in this type of regime.
Indeed, if there are no limits to the extent of the legislative domain (even in a democracy), then responsibility is transferred to the government for anything and everything. As the government is made of people, it is fallible as well. Thus, if the government bears the responsibility for whatever good it can make, it must bear the responsibility for its mistakes as well. If the extent of responsibility is not limited, government is then at source for all suffering that may exist.
Once again, Frédéric Bastiat has not been heard and despite all the drifts observed in the 20th century when he was ignored, we are once more in this absurd situation where governments believe in their almighty powers, to the extent that they believe they can fight coronaviruses as they would fight windmills.
Other quotes from The Law:
Section 1 of 9 – Section 2 of 9 – Section 3 of 9 – Section 4 of 9 – Section 5 of 9 – Section 6 of 9 – Section 7 of 9 – Section 9 of 9