On Government Failures

I’ve heard 9/11 called “Government Failure Day.” Indeed. The government did fail on September 11th, 2001, and it failed horribly. The government is supposedly here to protect us, to keep us safe, and on 9/11, like on 4/15, 4/2012/7 and 12/12, it failed (not an exhaustive list). Today, 11/1, it has failed again. This time at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), which government both owns and runs security. When non-monopolies fail to deliver on their promises, they go bankrupt and usually disappear from the market. Does government ever go bankrupt and disappear forever when it fails? No. In fact, failure is the best reason it can give to get even more plunder and power. It makes you wonder what incentive there is to succeed (whatever that might mean). And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.