- “The legitimate object of government is to do for the people what needs to be done, but which they can not, by individual effort, do at all, or do so well, by themselves.” –Barack Obama, quoting Abraham Lincoln
- “[N]ot a single person on the face of this earth knows how to make [a pencil].” –Leonard Read, “I, Pencil”
- Therefore, making pencils — and, by implication, everything else — is a legitimate object of government.
What’s wrong with this argument?
Cross-posted at Anything Peaceful.